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New Orleans cheese "puff" appetizer recipe?

puma | Jan 19, 200905:10 PM

I live in New Orleans. A friend of mine who is from a family that has been in Louisiana for many generations makes an amazing hors d'oeuvre. It is not by any means highbrow cooking: I imagine that, like many other regional family recipes I've had here in New Orleans ("Mock Oyster Dip" being a good example) it is probably made with store-bought processed foods like Bunny Bread or Velveeta. But these things are so good, every time my friend brings them to a party, we cannot stop eating them. And, of course, it's her family's recipe and she won't give it to me! I have looked in all my old-school Louisiana cookbooks with no results. I thought maybe someone out there in Chow-Land might have a family recipe they would share. I call them "cheese puffs" because I don't know what else to call them. They are made by making a yummy spread out of cheddar cheese (or maybe some processed cheddar cheese imitation) plus a bunch of spices (it has a little bit of a kick to it), spreading this on small rounds that you cut out of white bread (my friend's are about the size of a quarter), and then baking the cheese-spread-rounds in the oven until they are crisp. If anyone has any idea what I am talking about and has a recipe, you would be very popular in my household. If no one here can help, I am going to write to Marcelle Bienvenue and Judy Walker in the Times-Pic. Thanks a lot!

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