Curried Olive Cheddar Melts on English Muffins
I may have mentioned in the past that I have some major food weaknesses. Like kryptonite-style stuff - I can't have it in the house. I'm going to disclose these food vices right now - please don't judge me. I like to think that the majority of the time, I eat pretty well - mostly vegetarian, some fish and poultry now and then, lots of fruits and veggies - but everyone has their little vices, and mine just so happen to be major junk food. Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and Cheetos. Neither one of these things are allowed in my house. Every once in a while (like once a year) I think to myself, "It's just one box of cereal. How bad can it be? I'll control myself." And so I bring home a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Fast forward 4 hours to me, sitting on the kitchen floor, covered in cinnamon sugar, holding an empty box, despairing both at the fact that a) I've eaten an entire box of cereal and b) there's no more cereal left. GAH!! So these curried olive cheese melts - I'll add these to the list. KRYPTONITE. I can't stress this enough - these little bites are ADDICTIVE and EVIL (in the best possible way) and I make them ONCE a year, usually Christmas or New Year's. Well this year I got carried away and made them for Christmas eve dinner, a Chrismukkah dinner, and now I'm making them again for New Year's Eve. My waistline is NOT happy. But they are SO GOOD I can't even handle it. The recipe was given to me by a friend, and she said she'd been making it for years, it was a recipe that her mother had given her a long time ago, and she didn't know the origins of it. I've seen many versions of this online, and I'm sure they're all good, but I'd like to think that this one is the best. Because imagining one better than this kind of blows my mind, so I'm not even going to go there. These bites are cheesy, melty, salty, savory, crunchy, soft, and every other good adjective you can think of - all at once. They're PERFECTION with drinks and cocktails, they're awesome as passed party hors d'oeuvres or appetizers, and I'll be honest yet again and admit that they're perfect at midnight - a whole muffin, just to myself, while watching The Tudors on Netflix, because hey, why not?! Make them. Share them. Enjoy them. I promise you'll love them. If not, call me and I'll come finish the ones you've already made. Promise.
Curried Olive Cheese Melts on English Muffins
serves a lot
- 2 bunches scallions, green parts only, finely chopped
- 1 (7.5 oz) can pitted black olives, finely chopped
- 12 oz extra sharp cheddar, grated
- 1/4 cup (or more) mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp (or more) curry powder
- 12 Thomas' English muffins
- unsalted butter (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the green onions, olives, and cheese. Add the mayonnaise - start with 1/4 cup. It probably won't be enough, but you want to use just enough to hold things together - you want the mixture to be very thick. So start with 1/4 cup and work from there. Add the curry powder - again, start with 1/2 tsp and work from there. Add more to suit your tastes.
- Split and very lightly butter the English muffins, if you wish - sometimes I do, sometimes I just skip this and go straight for the curried cheese mixture. Spread each half with the cheese mixture, and arrange on prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and browned.
- Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute or two, then quarter each muffin half and serve while still hot.