Michael grew up in Hawaii where his parents owned a business, had a large circle of friends and entertained a lot. When I met Michael’s mother many years later, she shared a recipe with me. I do not remember if this appetizer had a name, but I call them Cheesy Onion Puffs. There was no need to write the recipe down. It is quite simple with only four ingredients and one sentence instructions. She told me to mix together equal parts finely minced onion, Parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise, spread on English muffins and broil until bubbly and golden brown. They did not sound very appetizing, but I was willing to give them a try. They are indeed very good, addicting in a way. I have made them many times over the years, and they are the first appetizer to disappear at a party. In fact, the cook needs to stash a few for herself before offering them to guests. I have never met anyone that did not like them. They can be made ahead of time and broiled just before serving. You need to watch them carefully as they go from golden brown to dark brown in a flash.
- Equal parts finely minced sweet onion, Parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise. ( I used ¾ cup each)
- English Muffins (I used 6)
- Mix the onion, cheese, and mayonnaise together. Spread on Sliced English muffins and broil until lightly golden brown and bubbly. Cut into quarters and serve piping hot. Garnish with chives if you like.
Make these the next time you have guests over. But, remember to save some for yourself!