You can make this spread a few days ahead and keep it chilled in the refrigerator until the arrival of your “vultures” friends. It's so good you should probably put your servings aside because it'll be gone before you know it.
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36 hors d'oeuvres
10 oz. extra-sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (4 cups)
1/8 tsp. cayenne
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely diced bottled roasted red peppers (rinse and pat dry first)
Preheat broiler. Stir together all ingredients, except baguette, plus 1/8 tsp. pepper and salt to taste. Slice baguette crosswise 1/3-inch thick and spread bread thickly with cheese mixture. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat until cheese is bubbling and browned, about 2 minutes.
Ready in 25 min
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