Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fancy Pants App: Sauerkraut Surprise

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Now that football season has started up again, Sundays find me glued to the television, which is, conveniently, in perfect viewing range from the kitchen.  And that means that the afternoon game is just calling for some tailgating!  Granted, my tailgating isn't done in the freezing cold, or on a grill outside, but that doesn't mean it's any less fun!

This week, I made one of my mom's favorite recipes. I've never seen it published before and she doesn't even know where she first got this from, but I'm excited to share a secret D family recipe with you!
If you hate sauerkraut, or your kids do, don't be afraid to give this one a try!  It's fast, easy, and in the end, doesn't taste like sauerkraut.  John hates the stuff, but loves this appetizer (or so he says)!
One quick note, before we get to it, if you can't find party rye bread (I frequently cannot), you can use regular rye and serve it in halves or quarters.  It's basically the same!  If you use a whole piece of rye bread, the bread in the middle will be a little too soft.  I do that when I'm lazy, but serving for guests, I'd definitely at least cut them in half. 

Sauerkraut Surprise
1 cup sauerkraut
1 cup grated swiss cheese
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 loaf of party rye bread

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Combine the first three ingredients, well!  The mayonnaise should really just hold everything together.  Then, spread two tablespoons of the mixture onto each piece of rye bread.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 8 minutes (tops will turn slight brown).  Serve immediately.

It is by far my favorite appetizer--the one I used to beg my mom to make for us!  Definitely a switch from the pigs in a blanket that were another favorite in our house!
Expect to see more Fancy Pants Apps as we get further into the season, but for now it's back to watching the game!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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