DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven broiler to 550 F. In a small bowl combine garlic, olive oil and salt. Set aside. Slice baguette on bias into 1/2 inch thick slices. Brush baguette slices with garlic-oil and place on cookie sheet. Toast in broiler about 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from broiler. Bread should be crisp on the outside, but still soft in the center. On each slice of bread place about 1 tablespoon chicken breast and 3 grape halves, then top with 2 tablespoons grated cheese. Place cookie sheet about 8 inches away from broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Place on serving platter and sprinkle with snipped chives and pepper.

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 French bread baguette
8 oz. smoked chicken breast (1 3/4 cups), either shredded or cut into bite-size strips
1 1/2 cup red, green or black seedless California grapes, halved
12 oz. fontina, port salute, or Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 tablespoon chives, snipped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Notes

This appetizer will make the cook the hero or heroine when they bring these treats to a holiday party. Baguette slices can be prepared early and then finished with the sliced chicken, cheese and grapes later in a broiler – it is a breeze to complete.

Servings

Makes 24 pieces

Nutritional Information

Calories 125; Protein 7 g; Fat 9 g; Calories from Fat 68 %; Carbohydrates 3 g; Cholesterol 24 mg; Fiber less than 1 g; Sodium 154 mg.