We keep a tub of the cheese mixture in the refrigerator and some buttered and toasted French bread rounds in an airtight container at room temperature. Both keep for about a week. This allows for a quick assembly when we have unexpected last minute guests.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
8 oz. ricotta cheese at room temp.
8 oz. cream cheese at room temp.
5 finely chopped spring onions
½ cup good quality Greek olives, pitted and finely chopped
6 teasp. mayonnaise
1 dash Tabasco or to taste
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 ½ loaves of crusty French baguette cut into ¼ inch thick circles
¼ cup soft unsalted butter
Very lightly butter each round of bread. Toast lightly in preheated oven for 5 min. until just barely golden. Cool on rack for 10 min.
Mix ricotta, cream cheese, green onions, olives, mayo, Tabasco and grated parmesan. Spread 1 teaspoon of this mixture onto each cooled round of toasted French bread. We use a small ice cream scoop.
Bake for approx. 10 min. in hot oven until top is golden. Serve hot or warm.
Yield: about 80 puffs
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