Chicken Mashed Potatoes Pie

This is a simple and super tasty chicken pie using mashed potatoes (freshly made or leftover) as a topping.

– What to do with leftover mashed potatoes?

Making chicken pie…yes chicken pie and you do not have to worry about making the crust…this is a way to create a totally new dish using leftover mashed potatoes…

– Why you need to make this pie?

Because it is super delicious and so easy to put together, especially if you have leftover mashed potatoes.

– What else can I add to the chicken?

Be creative, add olives, bell peppers, celery, carrots, peas, mushrooms…as you see you can pretty much add what you crave for…

– Want a creamy filling?

Sure, add cream cheese to the chicken or a touch of fresh cream

– Did I convince you to try this recipe?

Here we go…

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped
  • ⅓ – ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • Sat and pepper to taste
  • Leftover mashed potatoes or freshly made
  • Shredded cheese of your choice, I used mozzarela

Method:

In a frying pan add the oil in medium heat, then the garlic and onion, stirring until golden brown.

Add the shredded chicken and sauté for a minute.

Add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are incorporated into the chicken.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Toss the chopped parsley and mix well with the chicken.

Remove from the heat and set aside.

Assembly:

In individual ramekin or oven safe bowl, place a layer of the chicken filling. Then a layer of cheese.

Cover the cheese and chicken filling with mashed potatoes and finally another layer of cheese.

Bake in a preheated oven of 350oF for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Serve hot/warm.

– Looking for more chicken recipes? Check these out!

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Frozen Pão de Queijo, Brazilian Cheese Bread

This is a simplify version of the Brazilian “pão de queijo”, it is cheesy and gluten free.  It makes a great appetizer and can be made way ahead.

I already share so many versions of the famous Brazilian pão de queijo…recipes which each little ball is hand shaped, blended and pour in a waffle iron, Asian style and now blended and frozen for later enjoyment.

– What is “pão de queijo”?

Pão de queijo when translated from Portuguese should be cheese bread. In reality, it is not a bread as you know as bread…it is usually small baked roll with cheese and the base of the roll is mainly tapioca flour and not wheat flour. The texture is not like your regular bread, it is sort of chewy, cheesy and let’s say very different. In my opinion it is a sort of popover, choux pastry…there is no any raising agent such as yeast or baking powder, the air pockets in the little cheese bread are mainly due to the combination of egg, oil, liquid (milk) and tapioca flour.

– History of “pão de queijo”

Pão de queijo recipe is typical from Minas Gerais, which is a state located on the eastern side of Brazil, north of the state of São Paulo. The recipe is traditionally passed from grandmother to their daughters and from the daughter to the granddaughters…the difference in the ingredients may vary from water to milk, oil from lard, but the idea is the same. Apparently started with a piece of leftover cheese, since wheat flour was not common at the time being that tapioca flour from yuca (cassava) was available, somehow in between “pão de queijo” emerged.

– Why you need to make “pão de queijo”?

Because is it easy and a crowd pleaser.  I always have a “bag” of these in my freezer…and I bake whenever we feel like having a small snack, a something to go with a bowl of salad or soup, as an appetizer when entertaining.

– Why this is a great version?

This is the simplest version of all and can be made way ahead…all the ingredients are mixed in a blender and pour is a small silicone mold and place into the freezer. Once frozen they can be stored in a plastic frozen bag (to save freezer space) and store for months until time to bake.

– Have I convinced you? Okay…let’s look at the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil such a sunflower, canola or corn
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 125 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 345 g tapioca flour
  • 120 g grated Cheddar cheese

Method:

Place milk, oil, eggs and salt in the blender. Blend until all the ingredients are mixed.

Add the parmesan cheese and blend in.

Add tapioca flour in thirds and pulse after each addition, making sure that the batter is smooth. Scrapping the side of the blender cup as needed.

Now, you can either add the cheddar cheese and pulse a couple of times or remove the blender cup from the motor and add the cheddar cheese and mix carefully with a spatula, until the cheese is incorporated into the batter.

Pour the batter into small silicone mold (approximately 0.6 oz or 18 ml each cavity). As the silicone bakeware are flexible, place them on a cookie sheet or any metal tray.

Place the trays in the freezer for a few hours until the batter is frozen.

Once the cheese bread (balls) are totally frozen, quickly remove the frozen cheese balls from the silicone bakeware and place them into a freezer bag and in the freezer until time to bake.

When baking the cheese bread, place the frozen cheese bread directly in a preheated oven of 350oF for approximately 15-20 minutes. Make sure to leave at least 1 in (2.5 cm) in between the cheese bread (balls).

Serve hot/warm.

Take a look…it is soft and chewy and loaded with cheese…

– Looking for other versions of the Brazilian pão de queijo?

Did you know that tapioca flour is a product of the cassava? Cassava, yuca or manioc is a root like yam, taro,  and potato, therfore totally grain and gluten free. Cassava is  very popular in South America, parts of  Asia and Africa.

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Simple Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

Have you ever had a pizza crust made with cauliflower? You will be amazed by using simply using grated cauliflower is able to produce a crispy like thin pizza crust.

This week I want to share with you a recipe that has been populating many cooking websites, because it is a way to replace carbohydrates and it is gluten free…pizza crust using grated cauliflower…which for convenience I used one that is sold at Trader Joe’s, but feel free to grate your own head of cauliflower.

The crust is so simple to make and yes, crispy and delicious…so good that you will not miss the flour in this crust. It was so funny when I told my husband that I used cauliflower to make the pizza crust he asked me back “What is cauli flour? What kind of grain is that?” I just laughed and had to explain to him that was cauliflower, “you know the vegetable that looks like an albino broccoli?”

My husband and I really enjoyed it…if you had not tried, please go ahead and try it!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of coarsely chopped cauliflower
  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place the grated cauliflower into a bowl and cover with paper towel. Microwave it for about 8 minutes until cooked.

Let it cool and squeeze out the water out of the cauliflower, as much as possible with paper towels. The less water crispier the crust will be.

Mash the cauliflower and add the cheeses, dry oregano, egg, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.

Divide the cauliflower dough into 4 portions. Cover a mini pizza pan with parchment paper. Pour cauliflower “dough” on the mini pizza pan and shape into pizza crust. Alternatively you can place the cauliflower dough on a large baking sheet.

Place mini pizza pan in oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Add your favorite sauce, cheese, toppings and color it the way you like it!

Place the “dressed” pizza under broiler until cheese is hot and bubbly.

Serve hot.

If cauliflower is your “thing” you might want to check on Simple Air Fried Cauliflower or Nutritious Black Rice Bowl with sausage and cauliflower recipes.

 

Did you know that in spite of the lack of color, cauliflower is a rich source of vitamin C? Moreover, because of its absence of starch, cauliflower is a great ingredients for low carb dieters.

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Simple Zucchini Ribbons Salad

This salad made with ribbons of zucchini is so simple and yet so tasty. The zucchini ribbons are layered with Manchego cheese and drizzled with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

Before I get into this week post, today early morning, I received the news that my friend is now resting…I know that she is in peace and there is no more suffering…no matter how I comfort myself that it is better…still hurts a lot…so I will just keep what I had scheduled to post…

I really want to share this simple recipe that I learned while in North Carolina with my friend before Autumn arrives… This is a super simple salad…contains mainly zucchini and yet so good…very refreshing. Isn’t so interesting that the texture and almost the flavor of any vegetable, fruit, meat, poultry and fish can change according the way that the item has been cut, chopped, sliced, minced, grated…and so on.

I was in love with this salad from the moment I tried it…yes, it sounds like a love story…my friend niece husband is a fabulous cook and on our first dinner, they made lasagna and this zucchini salad, which I adapted slightly…there is no secret…just a few ingredients and voila…you have a beautiful ribbons of zucchini salad. Since I came back I already made this salad many many times…and I am still “in love” with it! Not to mention that this salad is great served with any dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size organic zucchini, regular or yellow
  • Fresh parsley to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh grind salt and black pepper
  • Manchego cheese, thinly sliced to taste (or Parmesan)

Method:

Slice the zucchini into thin ribbons and place in a medium bowl.

Add the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Gently mix until all the zucchini ribbons are coated. Cover and place in the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes, so the zucchini ribbons are slightly wilted.

In the meantime, chop parsley and slice the cheese.

Add the parsley to the zucchini ribbons and mix until all the parsley are even distributed.

Add the slices of cheese and mix again.

Serve cold.

I hope you enjoy this simple salad made with only a few ingredients…for more salad like this please check on  Zucchini Noddle Salad recipe.

 

Curiosity Corner 101314Did you know that parsley is a good source of vitamin K? Moreover, parsley contains more iron than spinach and more vitamin C than orange. So parsley is more than a decorative herb… go ahead and feel free to add parsley to your next dish.

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Shrimp with Cheesy Soft Polenta

This is a great dish with lots of textures…creamy and soft polenta with firm shrimp.

I am sorry for being MIA for a couple of weeks…we decided to take a week vacation in Cancun, the kind of vacation where we did absolutely nothing, just enjoyed the weather and the beach…although we live by the beach, but our beach here in Southern California does not compared to the crystal clear turquoise water from the Caribbean…

Anyway, we are back to the usual routine…this week I am sharing with you a very simple recipe of tasty shrimps served over a creamy cheesy polenta…so good…I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do.

Ingredients:

Shrimp

  • Approximately 1 lb medium to large shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Cheesy Soft Polenta

  • ⅓ cup ground cornmeal
  • 1½ cup milk
  • 1½ tablespoon butter
  • ⅓ cup grated cheese gruyere /cheddar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Jalapeno, finely chopped (optional)

Method:

Creamy Polenta

Place the polenta and milk in a pan. Stir constantly in low heat.

Once start to boil add the butter and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring so it will not create a thick crust at the bottom of the pan.

Add the cheese, salt and pepper.

For a thinner texture polenta add more milk until desired consistency. Scoop the polenta into a plate or bowl.

Shrimp

In a bowl combine all the ingredients except for the olive oil, and let it sit for approximately 5 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in a wok, add the shrimps and let is brown one side then flip to the other side until
both sides are pink and opaque over high heat.

Do not overcook otherwise the shrimp will become “hard and rubbery”.

Serve the shrimp over the cheesy polenta.

If you enjoy this simple recipe you might like Ground Beef with Polenta or Chicken in Wine Sauce with Polenta.

 

Did you know that polenta is popular in Northen Italy? It is very similar to grits, which is also made with corn, only alkali treated and called hominy.

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Kind of Pull-Apart Green Onion and Cheese Bread

This is a super fun recipe to make when entertaining. It is an Asian inspired pull-apart bread where each piece is loaded with cheese and green onion.

I was amazed by the shape of this bread when I saw it here and wanted to make something similar, but of course with a twist…an Asian twist. This bread is great for party…not only has a very interesting look as well as easy to serve…you just need to twist and pull apart. Apparently the original recipe was based on kalács which according to Wikipedia is a Hungarian sweet bread similar to brioche.

The shape of the bread might be frightening at first, but in reality it is quite simple and fun to put together. You will need to split the dough into two equal parts and then shaping, filling, playing with scissors and twisting will take a part in the process.

I really can see myself coming up with all kind of fillings to use with this bread, an alternative for pull-apart bread such as cinnamon rolls, cheese and garlic, sun dried tomatoes and herbs, olive spread and the list goes on and on…

If you are into baking bread I hope you have a chance to try this, and of course, feel free to incorporate whatever your bud taste desire…make it sweet or savory…anyway, for this recipe I used my Zojirushi bread maker.

Ingredients:

Bread

Water roux

  • 75 ml of water
  • 15 g of bread flour

Dough

  • 280 g bread flour
  • 1½ tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 large egg and complete to 110 ml with water
  • 25 g butter

Filling

  • 2 teaspoons Aioli Garlic mustard (Trader Joe’s) or any mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup freshly grated Gruyère Cheese, or any cheese of your preference

 

  • Egg wash
  • 1 egg yolk lightly beaten with ½ tablespoon water
  • Sunflower seeds for garnish

Method:

Bread

Water roux

Mix flour and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches 65oC/149oF. The mix will turn to a paste and you can see the bottom of the pan.
Remove from heat, cover with a saran wrap film over the paste and leave until lukewarm.

Dough

Add the water roux and all the dough ingredients to the bread machine bucket according to the manufacture’s guideline.

I let the dough cycle run for 2 times, making sure that the dough reaches a thin membrane. The dough will be slightly sticky.

Let is rise for approximately 2 hours in a cover container or until it double its initial volume.

Filling

Mix all the ingredient in a small bowl, set aside.

Assembly

Punch down the dough and divide into two equal parts. Using a rolling pin, flat each dough and roll into an approximately into a 12 inch disc.

Place the first disc on to a baking tray lined with a silicone liner of parchment paper. Spread the filling onto the disc, leaving approximately ½ inch free of filling around the disc. Gently layer the second disc on top of the filling. Place a small round cap of approximately 1 ½ inch in diameter in the middle of the disc as a guide, press gently. Using the back of a knife or spatula trace the disc into four, cut with the scissors until the center cap. Then cut each quarter into two and finally each eighth into 3 equal sections.

Twist each section three times and press the gently against the silicone mat. Remove the cap. Cover the dough with plastic film until double its original size.

When almost ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F and wash the top with the egg wash and place the sunflower seeds in the center where the cap was.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly golden brown on the top. Remove from the oven and let it cool on a wired rack.

Serve warm.

For more bread recipes, please check my Recipe Box.

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Waffle Iron Pão de Queijo

This is a simplified Brazilian inspired recipe for pão de queijo, instead of fussing around with the dough you can enjoy these treats just by adding a pancake like batter into the waffle iron.

At the first sight you might be thinking…”What is new about these waffles? Who has never seen waffles?” Well, I must tell you that many times look are deceiving…and here is a perfect example…these are waffles made with tapioca flour, loaded with cheese…yes, you read it right…CHEESE!

Okay, now this is something that you should give a try if you own a waffle maker…why? It is amazingly delicious, gluten free and so simple to make.

I was very skeptical in getting a waffle maker, not that all the recipes out there were not tempting…far from that…it was because of my limited kitchen space…initially I wanted a bigger waffle maker, the one that can be turned, but space really did not permit me to get one. As a matter of fact when I brought the idea of getting a waffle maker, my husband even joked my saying if I was planning to put the waffle maker on top of my head…well…and I found a small one online which can be store up therefor it would not take much of space.

What do I make first? These crispy, slightly chewy inside waffle…these are a twist on the pão de queijo. Remember the Brazilian chewy cheese balls? Okay, so this is a simple version of it. The nice thing about this recipe…not much cleaning is required, with very little labor…

So get your tools together and start preheating your waffle maker…these are simply awesome!

Ingredients:

  • 100 g tapioca flour
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup of milk (I used fat free, but feel free to use whatever milk you like)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt (less if you like)
  • 40-60 g grated Parmesan cheese (or any kind of cheese, preferably dry ones), more the cheesier.

Method:

In a deep cup, place the milk, egg, salt and cheese. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, mix well all the ingredients. Once well mixed, slowly add the tapioca flour, by continuously mixing. Make sure that all the tapioca flour is incorporated into the egg and milk mixture. The batter will look like a thinner version of pancake batter.

Place approximately ⅛ cup of the batter into the preheated waffle maker and follow the instruction of your machine. The amount of batter will vary according to your like. I you are like me, I like crispier and crunchier waffles then you should add less batter.

The thickness of the waffles can be controlled by the amount of batter you place on the waffle maker. Many times with the leftover batter, I like to add very little batter to the machine and let it crisp all the way. Let them cool and store this waffles/crackers in an air tight container for later enjoyment…these sure make great snacks.

Serve hot or warm….simply delicious!

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe using a waffle maker…for more similar recipes please check on the Mochi Bacon Cheese Ball or the Brazilian Pao de Queijo recipes.

 

Did you know that pão de queijo is a very popular breakfast item in Brazil? Since pão de queijo uses tapioca flour, they are great for people that are sensitive to gluten.

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Almond Paste Bread and Cheese Bread

This is an Asian inspired recipe bread using tangzhong method. I made two kind of bread with the same dough…one loaf is filled with almond paste and the other has layers of cheese in it.

Okay, here is where my first log of almond paste went…into a bread!

This is a very simple way to have two very different bread using one dough. The dough that I used in this recipe is pretty much what I have been using for cinnamon rolls, sweet rolls, even sandwich loaf. I did use my little Zojirushi bread machine, which was perfect for this recipe.

This bread is very light, soft, cottony, and stays fresh for many many days. The almond bread was delicious, with the gooey almond paste in it…although it came up sweeter than I expected (too greedy when adding almond paste), but was good with a cup of tea or coffee. Now, the cheese bread was something more expected, and my husband kept slicing it every time when going to the kitchen…no need to tell you that the bread did not last long.

Ingredients:

Water roux or Tangzhong

75 ml of water
15 g of bread flour

Dough

2 cups bread flour
¾ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dry milk
1½ tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon dry yeast
1 large egg and complete to 100 ml with water

Almond Paste

1 egg yolk lightly beaten with ½ tablespoon water

Sliced almond for garnish

Grated Gruyère Cheese for filling

Method:

Water roux

Mix flour and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches 65oC/149oF. The mix will turn to a paste and you can see the bottom of the pan.
Remove from heat, cover with a saran wrap film over the paste and leave until lukewarm.

Dough

Add the water roux and all the dough ingredients to the bread machine bucket according to the manufacture’s guideline.

I let the dough cycle run for 2 times, making sure that the dough reaches a thin membrane. The dough will be slightly sticky.

Let is rise for approximately 2 hours in a cover container or until it double its initial volume.

Punch down the dough and divide into 2 parts.

Cut the almond paste into 6 equal portions, reserve.

While working with the first part cover the second half with a cloth. Divide the ball into 6 little balls, and shape into a carrot like. Do the same with the almond paste. Flat both the dough and the almond paste with a roller and place the almond past on the dough, rolling from the wider side to the narrow side. Repeat the same procedure with the other 5 portions of dough.

Make small cuts, cover and let it rise until double its original size.

With the other half portion of the dough, divide into 3 balls. Flat with a roller and filled with grated cheese, roll it like a Swiss roll, flat again and spread more grated cheese. Do the same with the remaining 2 portions of dough.

Cover and let it double in size.

Preheat oven at 350F

When ready to bake…

Almond Paste Bread: Brush with the egg yolk washand top with almond. Bake for about 6 to 7 minutes.
Cheese Bread: Brush with egg yolk wash and sprinkle cheese. Bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might want to check on Sweet Milk Bread with Raisin or Matcha Swirl Sandwich Bread recipes.

 

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Eggplant Lasagna

This is a recipe of baked layers of eggplant with ground meat sauce in between and topped with melted mozzarella cheese…a different version of the classical lasagna.

I love eggplant but sometimes I find it hard to make dishes with it…this time I decided to substitute the pasta used in lasagna for eggplants…it is easy to make, and it is delicious. I always make extra for next day lunch…

The recipe is pretty simple…and you can use whatever meat sauce that you use for pasta, therefore it can consist of turkey, pork, beef, or the mix of them. Just let your imagination flow…

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggplant
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Your favorite meat sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish

Method:

Slice the eggplants into approximately ½ inch. Soak the sliced eggplants in water for a few minutes (you will notice that the water turn kind of yellowish), drain well.

In a deep dish place the all-purpose flour and coat the sliced eggplants both sides. Set aside.

In a fry pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and fry the coated eggplants under medium heat. Flip to the other side until both sides are golden. Remove the eggplants and place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess of oil. Do the same to the remaining eggplants.

In an oven proof dish, layer some meat sauce at the bottom of the dish, then add a layer of eggplant, and a layer of mozzarella cheese. Repeat with a meat layer and finish with the cheese on top.

Take to a preheated oven at 350F for approximately 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Garnish with parsley or cilantro. Serve hot.

If you enjoy this version of lasagna using eggplant you might want to take a look at Esfiha, Baked Meat Pie recipe.

 

Did you know that the deep blue/purple color of the peel or skin of the eggplant contain anthocyanins? These antioxidants are known to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.

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Bacon Chive Cheese Balls

This is another version of the Brazilian cheese balls or “pão de queijo”, and of course has an Asian twist since glutinous flour is added to the tapioca flour in order to give a softer and slightly chewy texture.

Since the combination of green onion or chives and bacon is so good in biscuits, I thought why not adding these into the original cheese balls…so this new version of pão de queijo was born.

These little treats are great because they can be made in advance and kept frozen until you are ready to serve. Just pop these at a preheated oven and they are ready in no time.

I have these (all kind of versions) in my freezer year around and some of our friends always request when they come to see us…and sometimes I have the feeling that they are visiting us so they can have some of these cheese balls.

I made 3 kinds, plain, bacon and chive with bacon…so it is up to you…but I must admit that after tasting the chives with bacon, the plain ones tasted pretty plain.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 cup glutinous flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil (sunflower, canola or corn)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz munster cheese (can be substituted by parmesan cheese)

 

  • 1 small bunch chive chopped finely and sauté in ½ tablespoon oil until golden and fragrant. I used the ones that I have grown in pots, you can do that too, please check Growing Green Onions.
  • 1/3 cup of bacon, finely chopped and fried until crispy. Drain the fat and patch the bacon bits in paper towel to remove the excess of fat. I used the homemade Bacon Bits.

 

Method:

In a small pan add water, oil and salt, bring to boil. In the mixer bowl add all the flours and carefully add boiling water to the mixture. Mix gently until most of the liquid is absorbed by the flour mix.

Add one egg and some of the cheese, mix until the egg is incorporated to the dough, add another egg and more cheese. Repeat until all the egg and cheese are added to the dough.

At this point you can make the plain cheese balls by using two spoons, dip the spoons in the water before scooping the dough. Use one spoon to scoop and the other one to push the dough on cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. To the 2/3 remaining dough add the bacon, mix well and scoop making into small balls. To the half remaining dough add the chives, mix and add scoop into small balls. Leave 1 ½ inch of space between the balls. When scooping the dough there is no need to make them a perfect, once in the oven the little balls will puff up and trust me they all will be rounded.

Bake the cheese balls in a preheated oven at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes.

To freeze the cheese balls…

Place the cheese balls in the freezer and let them freeze for approximately 3 hours or until totally frozen. Remove from the cookie sheet and store in an airtight container or freezer plastic bags.

When ready to bake, pop these cheese balls in a 350F preheated oven for approximately 30 to 35 minutes. For a crispy cheese balls, just increase the temperature to 400F for 5 more minutes. Serve hot or warm.

If you enjoy this recipe you might want to try the Brazilian version or the simple Asian version.

 

Did you know that pão de queijo in Brazil is a very popular for breakfast or as snack? As a matter of fact there is a very popular store called “Casa de Pão de Queijo” which translates into House of Cheese Bread, specializing with this cheese bread.

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