Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Coffee Break

Welcome again to this week's Coffee Break. Today's feature is Toasted Bread Cups.

Are you looking for ways to dress up your lunch menu? Well here's a little secret that will make lunchtime exciting again, whether it is for your family or other special guests gathering around your table.

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and removing the crusts from 6 slices of sandwich bread.

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Place each slice of bread into a greased muffin cup.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown. Remove from oven and voila you have toasted bread cups ready for any filling you would like. These little beauties are perfect for the freezer so go ahead and make extra - then you'll have something cute and quick on hand for those unexpected guests!

In the past I've usually filled our toasted bread cups with either cold tuna salad or hot creamed tuna and both are very good. But today I chose to make a simple chicken salad.

Begin with three cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I had previously baked mine in the oven so that it was ready for whatever I decided would fit in my menu plan. I used my handy-dandy small food chopper to shred the chicken.

I added about 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, salt and pepper and a dash of paprika. Then I added in about 1/2 cup of miracle whip style salad dressing and stirred everything together.

Finally, spoon salad into cups and top with little bits of shredded cheddar cheese.

So fancy!
So tasty!
So easy!



P.S. He loves you... said...

Now this is something affordable and totally cute...I host allot of mother's functions and love this concept, thanks for sharing this lovely treat!!!

Mrs. Julie Fink said...

Absolutely adorable! I've got to try this!

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

What a great idea! Now you've got me craving chicken salad!

Kelli said...

Those are so cute and what a great idea! I will definitely be making them!
P.s. Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my giveaway post!

Anonymous said...

What an excellent idea! (o:

Trish said...

What a delicious idea! And so easy to do! Thank you!

Nancy M. said...

What a simple elegant idea! I will try this one. PS. I love your wallpaper so pretty!