Buttered Parmesan English Muffins – Best Snacktime Ever!

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

I have a supreme weakness for this little treat.  I try to convert as many people as possible.  I’ve been called white trash for making this.  If that’s the case I’m donning a stained wife beater and parking a few broken cars on the front lawn.  Call me Cletus.  This stuff is killer.

It’s also almost effortless.  In about five minutes or so you can have a snack that’ll knock your socks off.  It’s hot, it’s Parmesan, it’s bread, and it’s butter.  What more needs to be said?

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

I generally make four halves, or two English Muffins.  Often I’ll think I’m not that hungry and just need a quick snack – so one muffin should be just fine.  I’ve never done that and not had to go back and make another serving.  So two English Muffins it is – always.

Split two English Muffins and pop them into the toaster.  I have a vertical toaster, rather than a toaster oven.  The first step you can toast them however you like.  Make it a light toasting.  You want the texture to be firm and toasty but they’re going back in after the next step, so don’t overdo it.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

Once lightly toasted remove the four pieces and spread some butter on each.  They don’t need to be dripping in it, but if you’re going for it you might as well not skimp.  I have a big block of Reggiano Parmesan in my fridge at all times.  If there’s isn’t any in there…..well let’s just say I’ve gone out at three in the morning to go grab a block.  Parmesan addiction isn’t pretty, folks.  Grate a healthy dose of Parmesan onto each of the four pieces.  I’m sure you could get away with using the pre-grated, crumbly, powdery stuff they sell in glass jars at the store.  I won’t touch but I’m a Parmesan Prima Donna.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

Once thusly coated in a layer of cheese they need to go back into the toaster.  If you’ve a toaster oven – no problem.  If you have a vertical slice toaster like mine you’ve got two options for yourself.  You can heat your oven up to 350 or 375 degrees F.  You can also just flip your toaster onto its side.  That way the cheese will stay on top and you can make these in a hurry.  Not all toasters and accomplish this feat and other get nervous just looking at it.  Do what makes you comfortable.  If you’re going to try it – there are a few things you might want to be aware of.

Some toasters shut off if they’re tipped over.  Great safety feature – bad for this purpose.  Other toasters have metal gates that come down on the toasted item to keep it in place.  These will mush the cheese and cause you a smoking sticky problems.  Don’t try it.  If you’re going ahead with this – please take these necessary precautions and pay attention to these important points.  Go forth with careful consideration.

  • CLEAN OUT YOUR TOASTER – Turn it upside down and make sure there’s not crumbs or big chunks of bread lurking.
  • DO A TEST RUN WITH BREAD – Check for any hot spots or weird toasting that might cause a problem.
  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TOASTER UNATTENDED WHILE YOU’RE MAKING THIS - Ever.  At all.
  • WHEN YOUR TOAST IS DONE – YOUR TOASTER MAY FLING THEM ACROSS THE ROOM - Your toaster is designed to pop the toast up.  When it’s on the side it very well may fly across the kitchen.  Far.  Be careful.  Hot butter and cheese is like napalm.  My toaster is old and the spring is bad so it just clicks and releases gently.
Or just use the ovenI do sometimes and it works just fine.
Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

In another minute or two (more if you’re using the oven) you’ll be greeted with the most delightfully toasted buttery Parmesan bomb you’ve ever tasted.  I have to limit myself to a single serving each week, I would otherwise eat this and nothing else for the rest of my existence.  Scurvy be damned.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

For a nice snack for yourself (if you need to share I suggest a spade shovel and a shallow grave to eliminate that problem) you’ll need the following:

  • 2 English Muffins – Split Into Four Halves
  • Butter for spreading – Maybe a Tablespoon Or So
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan – Enough to Cover Each Muffin Generously
  • Love.  Much Love.

Fin.

Truffled Egg Toast

Truffled Egg Toast

I’m a sucker for cheese, eggs, and bread.  I’m a sucker for just about any food.  More so those three though.  I’m also a sucker for breakfast food anytime of the day.  Perhaps I am just a sucker.  Doing Mr. T proud, then.

This is one of those dishes that’s so simple it defies logic that it should be so tasty. There’s no lengthy preparation.  No long cook time.  It’s simple and it’s better than most things you’ll put in your mouth this week, I can almost guarantee that.  It’s so good I started writing about it before I’ve finished eating.  I want to share.

I’ve had this once before in a little tiny place in New York one Saturday for brunch.  I’ve never forgotten it.  It’s one of those places that has the Italian sort-of-a-meal-sort-of-a-snack thing down more solidly than anywhere else I’ve been.  It’s a nice place to linger for a while over some food that’s thoughtful and well made.  It’s called ‘ino.  On the menu this is simply called truffled egg toast.  It’s pretty much what it sounds like, which is tasty. Continue reading

Asparagus, Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Pizza

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Chicken (optional) and Cheese Quesadillas

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I’m also a firm believer that most things I make at home will, with some research, practice, and a bit of love, turn out better than any dish served by any restaurant.  No different here, then.  I got an email from some fantastic family back East giving me some feedback on what I’m doing here.  In there was also a desire for a quesadilla recipe.  I’m working on the rest my dear, but here’s something to munch on while you’re waiting. Continue reading

Grilled Cheese, Or Happiness In Between Two Slices Of Bread

Grilled Cheese SandwichOK I’ll admit this isn’t really a difficult recipe.  It can barely be called even that.  But there’s little else that’s this simple that makes you feel so good.  It’s got everything going for it.  Bread, cheese, butter, and toasty goodness.  How can you go wrong?

For me, every time I make a grilled cheese sandwich I think of my grandfather.  That’s an odd statement I’m sure.  A little explanation is in order.  My grandparents were both fantastic people, more so than the usual “gee I love grandma” kind of thing.  They never made a lot of money, in fact that never made very much at all.  They did however, do an awful lot to help people; volunteered like it was a contact sport, and were the kind of people who you can only hope to live up to a fraction of the example they set. Continue reading