Thanksgiving Appetizers – Parmesan Appetizer Bread

By John Focht

Have you been called upon to bring something to the Thanksgiving dinner this year, but are drawing blanks on what to stir up for this year’s feast?  Try a little something different.  Instead of creating a side dish for the turkey, or something to go along with the dessert, sign up for an appetizer to go along with the football games.

A good appetizer can go a long way in making this year’s Thanksgiving meal one of the best.  Be a hit at this year’s Thanksgiving pre-meal with a killer parmesan appetizer bread.

As far as appetizer’s go, it can’t get much simpler than this.  Here’s all you need:

  • A loaf of cocktail bread.  If you need a good one, try Rubschlager Whole Grain BreadIf you are using Rubschlager cocktail bread, get a loaf of rye and a loaf of pumpernickel cocktail bread.  Trust me, these appetizers are so good, you’ll need both.
  • If your neighborhood grocer doesn’t carry Rubschlager, another load of cocktail bread will do, or just substitute the cocktail bread for a loaf of French bread.
  • Block of parmesan cheese.  As far as parmesan cheese goes, you really can’t go wrong with the brand you go with here.  DiGiorno, Frigo, Kraft, and Sargento are all good choices.  Go with what your grocer supplies.

For best results, don’t cook your appetizer than travel to your destination.  Your parmesan appetizer bread is best served hot, but if you need to cook at your house first, don’t fret, these babies travel well and will still be a sensation.

Preparation and heating instructions:

  • Pre-heat oven 375 degrees.
  • If you are using pre-sliced cocktail bread, lay 4×3 slices of bread on a typical baking sheet.  If you are using unsliced French bread, slice the bread into small bite-sized squares and place 4×3 on baking sheet.
  • Take the block of cheese and slice into small squares and place onto each slice of bread.
  • Cook in 375 degree oven for 7-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted on the bread.  Serve.

Your parmesan appetizer bread will be an instant hit at this year’s Thanksgiving feast.  Even so much so, you might even upstage Tom Turkey!