50 Cheese Appetizers

Please any crowd with these fun starters from Food Network Magazine. 

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Appetizer, Cheese
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Parmesan Cheese Straws (No. 1)

1. Parmesan Cheese Straws Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water. Roll out 1 sheet thawed frozen puff pastry into a 12-inch square on a floured surface; brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon each kosher salt and paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne. Cut into 24 strips (1/2 inch thick); twist each strip. Bake at 375 degrees F until golden, 15 minutes.

2. Chili-Cheese Straws Make Parmesan Cheese Straws (No. 1), replacing the Parmesan with shredded cheddar. Use smoked paprika and sprinkle the dough with 1 teaspoon chili powder.

3. Prosciutto-Parmesan Palmiers Roll out 1 sheet thawed frozen puff pastry into a 12-inch square on a floured surface. Cut in half; cover each half with 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and 1 ounce sliced prosciutto. Roll the short sides of each rectangle toward the center so the two ends meet in the middle; gently press together and freeze until firm. Trim the ends and slice each log 1/4 inch thick. Bake at 400 degrees F until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

4. Bocconcini Kebabs Toss bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), cubed fontina, pitted kalamata olives and Peppadew peppers with olive oil, chopped parsley and rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Thread onto small skewers.

5. Sausage-Cheddar Bites Top 1/4-inch-thick rounds of summer sausage with sliced cheddar. Bake at 375 degrees F until the cheese melts, 3 to 5 minutes. Sandwich between butter crackers.

6. Cheddar Crackers Pulse 1/2 stick cold butter, 1 cup each grated sharp cheddar and flour, 1/2 teaspoon each kosher salt and paprika, and a pinch of cayenne in a food processor until crumbly. Add 2 tablespoons water and pulse until the dough clumps together; form into a 9-inch log, wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour. Slice 1/4 inch thick. Bake at 375 degrees F until golden, about 20 minutes.

7. Cheddar-Cracker Sandwiches Make Cheddar Crackers (No. 6). Sandwich with peanut butter.

8. Frico Crisps Arrange tablespoon-size mounds of shredded Parmesan about 1 inch apart on a silicone mat–lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with pepper and chopped herbs (rosemary, sage and/or thyme). Bake at 450 degrees F until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool slightly.

9. Sage Cheese Crisps Arrange thin 1-inch-square slices of raclette cheese 1 inch apart on a silicone mat–lined baking sheet. Top with chopped sage and pine nuts. Bake at 450 degrees F until melted and golden, 7 minutes. Cool slightly.

10. Pepper Jack Toasts Mix 3/4 cup each shredded pepper jack and cheddar, 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 4 chopped chives. Spread on 5 slices white bread. Bake at 425 degrees F until golden, 15 minutes. Cut into triangles. Top with chopped chives and pickled jalapenos.