This recipe for Cordon Bleu Appetizers has been in my “to try” file for years. By years I mean years. I’ve seen it often in my file but never made it. Then I had so much ham leftover from Easter I froze some of it and thought, I’m finally going to make this nibble! I did make it recently when our neighbors came over for a spontaneous happy hour a few weekends ago. I must say, they were well received by our guests. Not one was left. Serve them warm from the oven or at room temperature.
I really love the addition of mustard in this recipe. It’s a very subtle flavor. The recipe originally says to use a loaf of French bread but I would have preferred to use a baguette. Unfortunately I couldn’t find one at the supermarket the day I shopped. I sliced the loaf then cut each slice in half for a more manageable appetizer. I also love the flavor the Swiss cheese adds.
These cordon bleu appetizers would also be great for a game day gathering, cocktail party, New Year’s Eve or as a snack. They are delicious with wine (a nice Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay), beer or a cocktail. I served them with all those beverages.
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
- 3/4 cup diced fully cooked ham
- 1/2 cup minced chives, divided
- 18 slices French bread (1/2 inch thick, each slice cut in half) or use a French baguette sliced 1/2 inch thick
- In a bowl, beat cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Gently stir in the Swiss cheese, ham and 1/4 cup chives. Spread 1 tablespoon mixture over each bread slice. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with remaining chives. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I would have preferred using a thinner baguette but there were none available at my store. If you use the French bread be sure to cut each slice in half. It's more of an appetizer portion.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.