Cheesy Veg Squares
Cheesy Veg Squares is a healthy, nutritious and delicious baked bread appetizer. This appetizer is not only attractive but also tastes great. Cheesy Veg Squares are healthy and perfect for a lunch box or an after school snack. This recipe is inspired from a YouTube video by Ruchi Bharani. This is something I’ve always wanted to make. I finally made it last night, after bookmarking it for so long. My kids loved it!!!!
Whole Wheat Bread – 1 packet
Paneer(chopped into small cubes) – 200gms
Green Pepper/Capsicum(chopped) – 1/3 cup(you can use any color)
Onion(finely chopped) – 1/4 cup
Sweet corn – 3/4 cup(steam for 10 minutes)
Grated cheese(I used Amul cheese) – 100 gm(Add more or less as per your preference)
Dried Oregano – 1/2 Tsp.
Dried Parsley – 1/4 Tsp.
Dried Basil – 1/2 Tsp.
Tomato Ketchup – 1 -2 Tbsp.
Crushed red pepper – 1/2 Tsp.
Red chilli powder – 1/3 Tsp.
Garlic powder – 1/3 Tsp.
Salt – as needed
Butter – 1 Tbsp
Melted butter – 1 Tbsp(to brush on top of the bread)
Square Cookie cutters – 2 (1 big size and 1 medium size)
If you do not have cookie cutters at home, you can use round bowls of two different sizes and use them to cut the bread.
Prepare the bread squares.
Take a bread slice and cut it into two squares with the help of the big size cookie cutter. Take one square piece of bread and cut it in the middle with the help of the medium size cookie cutter. Place this on top of the other square piece of bread. Repeat this process with all the slices.
Prepare the stuffing:
Add butter in a wide thick bottomed pan. Place the pan on medium heat and add chopped onions. Saute for a minute. Add chopped green pepper and saute for a minute. Add steamed corn. Again saute for a minute. Add parsley, basil, oregano, red chilli flakes, red chilli powder, garlic powder and salt. Mix and saute for few seconds. Add paneer cubes. saute for few seconds and remove the pan from heat. Transfer it into a bowl and let it cool.
Add tomato ketchup and 2 Tbsp. grated cheese in the prepared stuffing and mix.
Preheat the oven to 350F . Add the stuffing in the prepared bread squares.
Remove the top bread slice(with hole) and add some grated cheese on the bottom bread slice. Place the bread slice(with hole) on top. Brush it on top with melted butter. Fill the hole with the prepared stuffing. Repeat this process with all the prepared bread squares. Arrange them in a baking tray.
Add cheese on top.
Add grated cheese on top. I did not add much. You can add more cheese as per your preference.
Place the baking tray in the oven and bake them for 12 minutes until the top turns golden brown. Serve hot!
You can add any vegetable of your choice in the stuffing. I used paneer and corn because my kids love them.
You can cut the bread in any desired shape(circles, squares, rectangles or hearts).
You can use white bread. I used whole wheat bread as it is more healthy.
I baked all the left over pieces of unused bread in the oven at 350F for 10-12 minutes. I will grind them in a food processor and prepare bread crumbs. Bread crumbs can be in other recipes.
The stuffing can be prepared in Instant Pot in ‘Saute’ mode.
Kids and adults will love these Cheesy Veg Squares!!!