Snacks are also known as appetisers. They are used as a prelude to a formal meal, buffet or a cocktail party. They stimulate the appetite and are served with hard or soft drinks. These snacks are invariably savoury and are made to compliment the drinks.
Appetisers should be light, dainty and they should be made in small pieces that are easy to pick with the fingers and can be nibbled. They must stimulate the appetite and not destroy it.
Snacks can be prepared and served in various ways. You can serve them with tea or breakfast. The snacks that are made for tea or breakfast should be made bigger in size to be able to satisfy appetite.
Tea or breakfast snacks need not be only savoury; to add variety you can serve one or two sweet snacks also. You can fry the snacks, grill the snacks or bake them. Steamed snacks like idli or dhokla are also relished when served with breakfast or tea.
The given recipe is of a delicious and easy to make Cheese Toast. It can be served with tea or breakfast and as a cocktail snack. This snack is unique in the way that it has Indian as well as western ingredients, which enhances its taste and flavour. In this recipe the bread is cut into two pieces, but when you make it to accompany the drinks cut the bread in four pieces, so that it can be easily picked up and eaten.
In this recipe all the ingredients are readily available at home and you do not have to make elaborate preparation. This is an ideal snack, which can be made instantly for unexpected guests.
The kids will also love it, as almost all the children are fond of cheese and bread. If you are making this snack for children’s party you can cut the bread in different shapes with the help of a cookie cutter. You can cut it like a star or a circle or make it heart shaped.
Bread Slices- 3 pieces
Cheese Cubes- 2 pieces
Maida- 2 table spoon
Salted Butter- 1 tea spoon
Egg- 1 (optional)
A few green chillies
A few sprigs of fresh coriander
Milk-2 table spoon
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder- 1/2 tea spoon
Oil for deep frying
1. Grate the cheese cube. Finely chop green chillies and coriander. Keep aside.
2. Heat butter in a sauce pan, add maida and fry till it turns golden brown. Remove from fire. Add milk, salt, pepper, beaten egg and cheese. Mix well to form a paste. Add green chillies and fresh coriander.
3. Cut the bread slices lengthwise in two parts. Apply the cheese paste on one side.
4. Heat oil in a frying pan. Deep fry the bread pieces on the sides, where the mixture has been applied. Fry till golden brown and turn. Lightly fry the other side also.
5. Remove on an absorbent paper to take out the excess oil. Place in a serving dish and serve hot with tomato ketchup or green chutney.
Tip-You can grill the bread pieces instead of deep frying them to make a low calorie snack.