Savory often trumps sweet for little bites of something for any gathering. These goodies remind me of cheese and crackers, almost as simple but with a touch of fancy! My almost 13 year old granddaughter loves smoked Gouda cheese, so I will make these for her at our next family gathering.
Smoked Gouda Bites
1 9 inch purchased refrigerated pie crust
4 slices smoked Gouda cheese
garlic salt, or your favorite seasoned salt
1 24 count miniature muffin pan
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Set refrigerated pie crust out for at least 15 minutes prior to preparation. Cut each cheese slice into 6 pieces, making 24. On a lightly floured cloth or pastry sheet, unroll crust then roll out very thin from center, leaving a rectangular shape rather than circle. Using a paring knife, cut into 24 squares. They don’t have to be perfect squares. Put squares into ungreased muffin pan, gently pushing down but leaving edges sticking up.. Place in oven for 3 minutes. Remove pan from oven and put one small cheese piece into each crust. Return to oven for 8 minutes, or until crusts are golden brown and cheese is melted.
Remove Gouda bites from pan and serve. These are delicious when they are hot, but serve well at room temperature.