Recipe: Cheesy Bites

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Priyam creates recipes the entire family can enjoy ensuring you are not the short order cook for the night! Try her latest recipe of cheesy bites, no child or parent can resist. 

 

By Priyam Sachdev

 

Mmmmmm cheese!!! Just the sound of this snack makes my heart melt. This is a recipe brought to me by a regular reader of my blog. She is mother of a 4 year old and guarantees this will be a big hit with little children. I have to say I absolutely agree. The hot gooey cheese that flows out of these cute little bites are just “doggone” delicious!

Sure you can buy cheesy bites in ready packs at the supermarket and it takes only a few minutes to fry but making them yourself allows you to choose the oil and control the amount used. You get to choose the ingredients you want to add and in doing so you can avoid preservatives. Plus it’s definitely easier than it looks.

So, are you ready to go mmmmm with me? Here goes….

What you will need:

  • 200 gms cheddar cheese (grated)
  • ¼ cup white onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 small carrot (finely chopped) – optional
  • ½ cup sweet corn kernels
  • Parsley (optional)
  • Salt (adjust accordingly)
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup coconut cooking oil

*According to research, coconut oil is the best option for frying food. There are a many reasons why you should choose coconut oil but I believe the top two reasons would be its ability to withstand high temperatures and the quality does not deteriorate over repetitive heating. If this is the oil you choose for this recipe look for the label that says 100% coconut oil or the one that mentions coconut “cooking” oil.

To read more about the best oils to cook with, read an article from one of our experts about the benefits of coconut oil by clicking here.

How to:

  1. In a large bowl, mix cheddar cheese, 2 tbsp flour, white onions, sweet corn, carrot and parsley. (You can add or remove any vegetables and herbs to your liking.)
  2. Season with some salt and mix well. Be cautious with the amount of salt you use as the cheese is already salty.
  3. Use your hands to knead the mixture until it’s smooth and sticky.
  4. Pick up about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll between your palms to make around 15 walnut-sized balls. (You can adjust the size as you like.)
  5. Place on a tray and chill for about 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, mix the left over ingredients for the batter – eggs, 3-4tsp flour. Sprinkle some salt if you like.
  7. In a blender, dry blend the bread crumbs to make them smaller than how they come in the ready packs. Add this to the batter mixture and whisk until a sticky smooth texture is formed.
  8. Roll the cheese balls over the batter carefully to cover all sides.
  9. Freeze these for about 20 minutes so that the cheese is properly sealed inside and does not leak when you fry them.
  10. In a heated pan, pour in the coconut cooking oil and when hot, fry the cheese balls for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!!!!

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