December 5, 2013

Corn-Mozzarella Bread Cups

Yummy, healthy, kid-friendly snacks in under 30 mins. Seriously, I am not kidding!! This cute little snack can be made in just 3 easy steps, make the bread cups, make the filling, put them together, bake & eat.. it's as simple as that.. no fretting.... no sweating!!

For the bread cups, you can use any kind of bread (white / brown) that is readily available in your kitchen. I used white bread for this recipe. These bread cups are actually a fun, creative way to make bite-sized veggie "tartlets". The little cups can be packed with colorful veggies (anything that your family likes and that doesn't get watery as it cooks) and some cheese. These are great for breakfast, snacks or as party appetizers.

Basic Info
Complexity - Simple
Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 20 mins
Serves - 12 nos

Bread slices - 6 nos
Corn kernels - from 2 medium cobs
Mint leaves - 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Salt & pepper - to taste
Mozzarella cheese - as needed (grated)
Butter / Olive oil - 1-2 tsp

Preheat oven to 350 deg F.

Using a cookie cutter, cut 2 rounds (about 2.5 inches) from each bread (save the unused parts to make bread upma / croutons). Use your hands (or) roller pin and flatten the rounds gently without tearing them.

Now, grease the muffin / cupcake tin liberally with butter / olive oil and press the bread rounds into the tins to shape it like a cup. Bake in the middle rack for 10 mins (or) until edges of the bread cup is brown & toasted. The cups should slide out easily.

Remove it out of the oven and let it cool. The bread cups should harden up as it cools.

Increase the temperature of the oven to 450 deg F.

Bring about 2 cups of water in a small saucepan to a rolling boil. Switch off, add corn kernels to the water and keep the saucepan covered for about 2 mins until the corn is soft & cooked. Now, drain all the corn out of water, add chopped mint leaves, salt & pepper (to your taste preference) and mix well.

Fill the bread cups with about a tsp & half of corn mixture each. Cover rest of the bread cups with grated mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle little pepper on top, if desired.

Bake until the cheese is melted and browned.

Remove from heat, let it cool, serve & enjoy!!!!

- Make sure the bread cups are completely cooled, before filling it with veggies.
- Sprinkle a pinch of chaat masala on top, if you want desi touch.