These delicious little cheese bombs hold a soft spot in our hearts; they’ve always been a part of our Christmas Eve celebration with our neighbors and were a favorite of our family friend, Jack. There’s no reason to limit yourself to special occasions for these puppies. The prep is quick, the ingredients are basic, and the results are consistently delicious. Think of it as an upgrade to your boring cheese and crackers.
Equipment Needed: 2 Baking Sheets, Mixing Bowl, Large Fork, Spatula, Aluminum Foil
Serving Suggestion: Family Style
Suggested Wine Pairing: Oaky whites or lighter reds
Suggested Beer Pairing: A cold Coors Light in honor of Captain Jack (or whatever you’re drinking)
- 1 cocktail loaf rye bread (about $3/loaf)
- 1/2 small onion (you’ll need enough for 3 TBSP) ($0.99/lb)
- 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese ($4.49/8 oz bag)
- 1/2 C mayonnaise ($3.99/15 oz jar)
- 1 TBSP dijon mustard ($3.85/8 oz jar)
- 2 TBSP grated horseradish ($1.99/6 oz jar)
- 1/3 C bacon bits (this is the ONLY time you’ll ever see us recommend imitation bacon bits; staying true to the original recipe is a matter of principle on this one)(about $3/3 oz jar)
- Preheat the oven to 375 °. Line your baking sheets with aluminum foil so you don’t spend the rest of the night scrubbing burnt cheese off of them.
- Lay out the rye bread slices in an individual layer across the baking sheets. You don’t need to leave that much room between them but you’ll want to be able to get a spatula in there.
- Pour your mozzarella into the mixing bowl. Mince up the equivalent of 3 tablespoons of onion and toss that in too. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, bacon bits and a pinch of salt and pepper, and stir everything together. Give it a taste and adjust as necessary.
- Spread a forkful of the mix onto each of the pieces of bread. Pop them in the oven until the cheese is baked to a golden brown. This should take about 8-10 minutes. If you value having sensation in the roof of your mouth, as well as the ability to taste your food, let them cool for at least 3 minutes before serving.