One might think this is complicated and I assure you it is not. It is a wow of an appetizer, and truth be told we had this and some shrimp cocktail as our dinner last evening. It was a no fuss, let's get relaxed kind of Friday evening in our house.
I had this as an appetizer not long ago at the cafe and it's been quite a while since my husband had it. His comment to me last evening was: "This is amazing and you're remarkable. I can't believe you were able to re-create this." So I am patting myself on the back and now it's time to share this with you.
Make the sauce first and you can warm it if necessary.
For the sauce:
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 5 oz. crumbled bleu cheese
- 1 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
- pinch of salt
- In a sauce pot over low heat add in the heavy cream, a pinch of salt and the granulated garlic. Whisk well.
- Let the cream cook for a couple of minutes to start to get warm and add the bleu cheese. Keep whisking the mixture over low heat until all the bleu cheese is melted. Takes about 6-8 minutes.
For the bread:
- 1 loaf ciabatta bread
- 1 stick butter - melted
- 2 tsp. granulated garlic
- Melt the butter in a sauce pot on top of the stove or in the microwave. Add the granulated garlic and mix well.
- Slice the ciabatta bread in half length-wise and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easier clean-up. You want the crust side down.
- Pour the butter over the slices and use a knife to spread it out.
- Place the bread under the broiler to toast up, watching it carefully so it won't burn.
- Cut the bread into pieces like in the photograph above.
As luck would have it the bleu cheese was a 2 for $5.00 at the store this week and the butter was on sale! Let me say it will serve quite a few people, my guess is about 8 people for an appetizer. The cost was $11.80 serving 8 for $1.47 each.
If you are searching for some other GREAT appetizers, please check these out:
Long Island Broiled Oysters
Clam Shell Stuffies
Cheddar Cheese Puffs