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Sherley's Parmesan Puffs

Sherley's Parmesan Puffs 12.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Feb 27, 2013

The original recipe appeared in "The New Elegant But Easy Cookbook" by Marian Burros and Lois Levine (Simon and Schuster, 1997). The version in the more recent "101 Classic Cookbooks" did not provide ingredient amounts, and now that we've eaten our share of these retro bites, we understand why. You could exert great self-control and make a few, or you could make a lot. They are addictive -- and, as the original recipe touted, "they disappear like soap bubbles."

They cost pennies to make.

Servings: 12 - 24 Hors d'oeuvres
  • 4 to 6 slices soft white bread
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons finely minced sweet onion, such as Vidalia
  • 1/4 cup regular or low-fat mayonnaise (do not use nonfat)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Position an oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiling element; preheat the broiler. Have a large baking sheet at hand.

Cut off the bread crusts, reserving them for another use if desired. Use a 1- or 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut rounds of the bread (3 or 4 per slice), arranging them on the baking sheet spaced an inch or so apart. Place a little of the onion at the center of each one.

Stir together the mayonnaise and Parmigiano-Reggiano in a medium bowl. Completely cover each round of bread and onion with the mayo mixture. Broil for about 3 minutes, until puffed and browned. Serve right away.

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Recipe Source

As reprinted in "101 Classic Cookbooks: 501 Classic Recipes," edited by Marvin J. Taylor and Clark Wolf (Rizzoli, 2012).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per piece (based on 24, using low-fat mayo): 25

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 1g 2%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 80mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 4g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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