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Ask a Chef reveals the secrets of those superb dishes you ate in cafes and restaurants and wanted to try yourself.
250g butter, melted
250g cream cheese
1 bunch of green onions, cut very thinly
½ red onion, finely diced
250g tasty or mild cheese, grated
Melt butter in pot, add flour and whisk together. Cook off for 1-2 minutes.
While whisking, add milk and continue to whisk until thick.
Mix rest of ingredients together and add to white sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
Spread mixture on fresh thin-sliced bread.
Grill in oven, making sure you turn them.
Finish with flaky sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Note: These can be made without the white sauce, just mix cream cheese and rest of ingredients together. Makes about 15.
Recipe provided by Marbeck's head chef, Mike Harwood. Recipe requested by Kerryn Carson, of Macandrew Bay.
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