Hors doeuvres: Punchy Pepperoni Minis

With visions of Thanksgiving dinner still floating through our brains, and the Christmas holiday season upon us, I wanted to share a simple but very flavorful idea for you to consider making the next time youre invited to a party and are supposed to bring some hors doeuvres to share. The only limitation of this recipe is that they are best warm, so if you have to travel 4 hours in the snow, cover them with aluminum foil and wait to toast them until you get to your venue!

Pepperoni, Swiss, and Pickle Hors douevres
(Makes 24)

Ingredient list:
1 fresh, long loaf of French or Italian bread
Butter
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Salt
Pepper
Pepperoni slices
(about 6 oz)
Swiss cheese slices (6-8 oz package)
Mustard (regular, spicy, or your favorite)
Pickles (dill, or your favorite)

Preheat your oven to 400F.

Line your largest cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Slice a fresh, long loaf of French or Italian bread into 24 pieces and arrange on the cookie sheet. Butter well and then sprinkle heavily with garlic powder, onion powder, and lightly with salt and pepper. Next, add a layer of Swiss cheese, then a couple of slices of pepperoni, a dab of mustard, and a pickle.

If the party is at your house, be sure to toast them in the oven immediately before serving them. It will only take about 5-7 minutes, until they start to brown and bubble. (Use the top rack to make them brown quicker.) Theyre tasty even when theyre warm, but theyre really delicious piping hot! If youre going to a friends home or a church/other venue, you can toast them and then cover them with aluminum foil and wrap them in towels to keep them warm, but if you have access to an oven, ask the hostess if you can reheat them for just a couple of minutes before serving.

P.S. This also works well if youre not very hungry and just need a little snack at home!

Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter (Psalm 74:17). But, I really do enjoy the seasonal changes. Do you? In the Amazon, we were told there were just two seasons: Hot and hotter. Winter has its bright, white side! :)


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