It’s Official… & Easy Cheesy Baguette Bites [RECIPE]
Good Morning Everyone!
It’s official… I’m in love with French culture. As I sit here I can’t help but smirk. When I was 18, I visited the “City of Light” abroad with my high school. I was there! I was immersed in everything romantic, fast, and high end. I took a boat ride along the Seine. I saw the Mona Lisa (which actually is quite small) in the Louvre. I ate fresh jambon beurre right off of the street! Just thinking about it still makes me swoon. But back then I wasn’t a foodie. In fact, at 18 I could care less about cooking. It’s an absolute shame because I was in the capital of elegant dining and surrounded by a foodie culture. Yes, the french pride themselves on meals taking hours… not minutes. Dining is an event, not merely a thing to do. I love it all.
Fast forward to today. I recently finished Chef Eric Ripert’s autobiography “32 Yolks” which sucked me back into French culture completely. Then I read Stephanie Perkins’ “Anna and the French Kiss”, a delicious YA novel that isn’t too cheesy but with just the right balance of romance to historical fact that kept me reading from start to finish in two days flat. It’s official… I’m in love with France. If I could hop on a plane and go back to visit right now, oh the things I would do! But… I can’t. So for now, I will learn from the greatest chef’s and hone my skills so that one day when I do go back… I’ll appreciate it so much more.
When it comes to great French chef’s it’s hard to pinpoint just one to begin learning from. Do you go by Michelin stars and choose iconic Chef Joel Robuchon? Or do you pick Chef Paul Bocuse, who was titled “Chef of the Century” for being a pioneer in introducing French cuisine to the world? Do you pick a more modern chef like Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud, or Alain Ducasse? Or do you choose someone famous for their cookbooks like Jacque Pepin and Julia Child?
Julia Child… now there’s an idea! If you know nothing about her, let me do a super short summary: Julia Child is a world-famous home-chef turned professional chef and known for her cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. She went on to have a famous TV show on her own, and then with Chef Jacque Pepin, and basically taught the world that though French cuisine is extremely technical… anyone can do it. 🙂
So I choose YOU, Julia to help me learn the basics and master a cuisine that I love so much. Perhaps it’s the elegance of French cuisine that draws me in? Or maybe it’s that the food is meant to be savored with every bite instead of “chowing down”. Regardless, I’m here and eager to learn. You, my dear friends, can follow (and cook!) along with me too by picking up her cookbook as I go from recipe to recipe in order of her cookbook. Now before we jump into her first dish, let’s look at today’s recipe.
These easy, cheesy baguette bites were my answer to wanting a light supper a few nights ago. They aren’t pretty, but wow are they tasty! I used day-old bread that I had in the freezer along with a bag of frozen spinach and 1-2-3 they were done! The family enjoyed them immensely and I’m sure you will too. Stay tuned as we journey together through Julia Child’s cookbook. Until next time everyone, keep on cooking! ❤
Easy Cheesy Baguette Bites
- 1 (8 ounce) bag of frozen spinach defrosted
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 3 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 loaf baguette, sliced
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F/ 200 degrees C/ Gas Mark 6.
- In a small mixing bowl combine the butter and garlic and mix well. Then add the cheese and mix until it’s a sticky paste.
- (Now I used kitchen gloves for this part but feel free to get messy lol). Lay out a baking sheet and place slices of bread all over it. Then spread a bit of butter-garlic-cheese mix on each piece of bread.
- Then press down some defrosted spinach into the mixture to make it stick together.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden brown on the edges.
- Serve hot and enjoy! 🙂