Need a simple appetizer to impress your friends OR to eat all by yourself in front of the most recent episode of Glee? I’m all about simple, and truth be told, I’m all about cheese. Little chewy cheesy things make me profoundly happy. Watching Glee, in general (not every episode – to be clear – but most every episode ESPECIALLY if Sue has had a good moment or two), makes me quite chipper. Can you imagine how delighted I would be if I could eat little chewy cheesy things AND watch Glee at exactly the same time? My knees get weak just thinking about it. Make these little chewy cheesy things and you’ll see. These are happiness inducing treats. I swear it.
Gruyere Cheese Mini-appetizers (24)
- ¾ cup flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1 egg beaten
- ½ cup grated Gruyere cheese (Trader Joe’s makes a Gruyere/Swiss Cheese blend that works really well too)
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. The tiny mini-muffin pan openings are a real challenge to grease using butter or margarine. This is definitely a time to use one of the widely available vegetable sprays, such as Pam.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder. In a separate bowl mix together the buttermilk and the egg, and then add them to the flour mixture. Stir until just blended. Add the grated cheese and the chopped chives. It is best if you let the mixture rest for 10-15 minutes before baking. Lie down. Put up your feet. Have a glass of white wine.
Divide the batter among the greased mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden about 20 minutes. It’s best if you share these, but I’ve been known to eat at least SIX. I wasn’t counting but I believe my older son just ate EIGHT of them.