Do you have recipes that you make only at certain times of the year? Recipes that would be good at anytime of the year, but is only ever made around a certain time. Our family has LOTS! This one in particular, for some reason, is ONLY and I stress the only ever made for the Christmas Season. I am talking about Cheese Squares! Throw your diet out the window when your eating these little delights, but let me tell you, they are totally worth every delicious calorie! I really don’t know why our family only makes them at Christmas. There is nothing about a Cheese Square that says ‘Christmas’. They are not red and green. They don’t have the scent of pine or cinnamon. Maybe, it’s because they are just that bad for you that your body only needs them once a year? Who knows…
Usually around this time of year, early November, Mom starts preparing for the Holidays, getting some ‘pickies’ prepared for Christmas company. This time of year there will always be several different homemade delights in the freezer just waiting for company to share them with! These Cheese Squares have been a part of our Christmas for as long as I can remember. They are very easy, only 3 ingredients, perhaps a little time-consuming and fiddley, but worth every second. Today Mom and I whipped together 3 batches to have on hand, only took us a couple of hours. I have no idea where this recipe came from. It is a hand written one that has been in Mom’s recipe book for years!
1 lb Butter, room temperature
1 450 gr pkg Velveeta Cheese, room temperature
2 loaves thin Sandwich bread, must be the square sandwich bread
1. Make sure you buy the right bread! A normal loaf of bread will not work as well. You need the ‘thin Sandwich bread’ the square one
2. In stacks of 3, cut crusts off of the bread and set aside
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand-held beater, combine the butter and cheese. Mix on low to combine. Raise speed to high and mix until light and fluffy, approx 2 mins
4. To assemble – spread an even layer of cheese mixture between each layer of bread and on the top
5. Pick up the triple decker and spread an even layer around the sides
6. Once all sides (except the bottom) are covered, slice in three
Looks good doesn’t it? But we are not done yet!
7. Spread another even layer on all remaining sides (except bottom)
8. Place on a lined cookie sheet, single layer, not touching. Cover and freeze over night
9. The next day ( or several hours later when they have frozen through) remove from tray and place in freezer bags
10. These must be cooked from frozen, if not the cheese will all melt off.
11. Preheat oven 350 F
12. Place on lined cookie sheet and baked until the edges are golden
Delicious! These are always a crowd pleaser. Despite the ingredients, these are a very ‘light and airy’ appetizer. The outside crisps up a little and the inside is soft and tender with melted buttery cheese. It is like a gourmet finger sandwich grilled cheese. It is very difficult to stop at just one!
Most prefer to eat them as they are and enjoy the mild cheesy goodness, but some like to dip in ketchup. They also are quite nice for lunch with a nice bowl of home-made tomato soup. I would definitely recommend giving these are try