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Cayenne Toasts

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Egg and Chive Pâté with Cayenne Toasts

Egg and Chive Pâté with Cayenne Toasts

Terri Pischoff Wuerthner
I always make up a large batch of these to have around for quick hors d'oeuvres to serve with cheese or dips, or to serve alone as snacks. They have endless uses (although they are excellent by themselves): serve with soup, broken up and sprinkled on salad; serve with a crab dip, spinach dip, or hummus; top with a dab of sour cream and a fresh shrimp; or sprinkle with grated cheese and bake until cheese melts, perhaps topping with a pitted olive.

Store in a zip-style bag, at room temperature, to keep them crisp.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Makes about 120 Slices

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 16-ounce loaves baguettes (day-old is easier to slice)

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Combine all ingredients, except baguettes, in a small bowl and blend thoroughly.

Slice the baguettes in 1/4-inch slices with a serrated knife.

Brush one side of the baguette slices with the butter mixture. Divide the slices between two baking sheets, without overlapping the slices. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. (It's important not to crowd the bread slices, so they will get crisp; bake them in two batches if necessary.)

BONUS TIP: Using bread that is at least one day old is easier to cut, and the day-old factor won't affect the outcome of the toasts.

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