I’ve been craving Indian food. Since we had invited friends for dinner over the weekend I decided to just get in the kitchen and whip some up. I have a cookbook (Indian Home Cooking by Suvir Saran) that I love and usually turn to it for some sort of curry dish and have always been pleased with the results. As long as you have the proper spices in your cupboard the recipes are actually easy to follow and quite authentic.
I must admit that I haven’t tried any authentic Indian breads or snacks and so I was somewhat stumped as to what to serve as an hors d’oeuvres. I have had success with the samosas featured in the book (a quick version using store bought puff pastry) but I wanted one more thing. I was intrigued by a recipe in the appetizer section called “Cheese Toasts”. After reading the ingredients I knew I had to try them and discovered that they would also be a nice starter to a Mexican meal.
Spicy Cheese Melts
1 pound whole milk mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 medium tomato, very finely chopped & then squeezed in your hand to eliminate most of the liquid
2 fresh hot green chiles, seeded and finely diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Ground black pepper to taste
10 slices whole wheat bread,toasted
***As I was putting this together I realized I didn’t have a tomato, but it was tasty none the less. I also used baguette slices rather than whole wheat bread.
Preheat the broiler. Stir together all of the ingredients, except the bread, in a mixing bowl mashing to make a fairly smooth mixture.
Spread the mixture on the toasted bread and put them in a single layer on baking sheets. Broil until the cheese is melted, about 3-5 minutes. Serve hot.