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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Revisiting the Cheese Puppies

One of my favorite treats ever invented is fried cheese sticks. Lots of trouble to make, but delish. A couple of years ago, I invented a way to make Cheese Puppies with my pancake puff pan. Those were good, but took a little time and patience in turning them to get the perfect round ball. Then my pan became a little lot less non stick and I abandoned making them. Never forgot them though.

While rummaging around the after Christmas sales yesterday, I found a cake ball machine for $7.88 at Walmart. In the basket it went, along with some holiday cookie pans and some really nice standard air bake cookie sheets that were half price too. We even found a Ninja drink maker (just like mine, but only the large pitcher) SCORE! It took a great deal of inner strength not to buy a brownie maker and donut machine too.

Since my original recipe used Carbquick, but I never use wheat products in my current recipe development, I decided to use coconut flour. It worked fine. Now understand, these are not perfect spheres. They are more like half circles. Slightly taller than that, but not totally round. Still really cute on the appetizer table for New Year's Eve parties. Even better, you can turn the flat side up. With it's little crater, you have a perfect place for a dollop of marinara or salsa. Yum oh yum.  I guess you could stick two halves together to make a perfect ball, but they are rich enough without adding more cheese to stick them together.

If you aren't crazy into kitchen gadgets like I am, you might try these baked in a mini muffin pan. I am thinking they would work, just lose that star quality that sets them apart from the crowd of ordinary appetizers!

Easy Cheese Puppies

1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I chose Jack)
1 egg
1 heaping tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vinegar

 Heat a cake pop machine. In a medium bowl, stir together cheese, egg, coconut flour and baking soda. When well combined, add the vinegar. Drop approximately 2 teaspoons of cheese mixture into each cavity. If using a cake ball machine, close the lid and bake for 5 minutes. Open lid and remove with a bamboo skewer, Let cheese puppies drain on a paper towel. Serve with marinara, salsa, or the dip of your choice.

These may work in a standard oven as well. I would probably use a hot oven, 400 or 425 degrees, and bake 10 minutes or more until browned on top. If you try it this way, let me know what works. I will be using my cake ball appliance for sure. It is so easy!

I have some interesting ideas for these. My further experiments will be on my party table for the New Year and they will be in the January edition of the Diner News as well. This month will be dedicated to the small appliance department of our Low Carb Kitchen. I will have great ideas for some of those gifts you may have received for Christmas. In the works are dehydrator ideas, fryer recipes, cake pops, waffle sticks and more. If you don't have some of these items now, I promise you will want some! (I will try to offer some conventional methods as much as possible as well)

I am so loving having my middle son home. He has helped me with the makeover on my blog. As an honor student in graphic arts, he helped me put together the retro look I have always wanted for the Diner. Cool, huh? And he didn't charge me a dime--he did it all in exchange for cheese puppies!


Rettakat said...

I got a free donut hole maker, but only know how to make sweet donut-y things. This is perfect! Can't wait to try them. :-D

Lisa, motyok said...

wow! that beats my deal! Hope you like them puppies.

arlene said...

The blog looks fantastic! That boy deserves more cheese puppies! Also, with this recipe, my life is now complete. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Is the hole baker hard to clean!! I will try these in mini muffin pans for now

Miz said...




Laura said...

ooh, now I will have to go out and get another kitchen appliance! I guess it will be worth it if there are more recipes in the January newsletter to use them in. These look super yummy!

Lisa, motyok said...

Laura, check Walmart. Mine had a bunch available. They are tiny and don't take up much space. The non stick finish is not hard to clean, but they can't be submerged, so no dishwasher. The cheese puppies just left some oil behind. An easy wipe out is all it took.

Jennifer said...

This appetizer sounds wonderful and I like the sound of your buys!

Your blog looks wonderful. Your son is very talented.

Anonymous said...

I've visited your blog dozens of times but I had to comment after (finally) trying these. They were fantastic! I don't have the ball maker but they came out fantastic using my mini muffin pan. I baked them at 400 for about 9 minutes.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to cut up tiny bits of chicken or pork to make chciken/pork balls.. what about a low carb thickener and sweetner and somehow a cherry flavour (not sure maybe no sugar cherry flavoured drink?) and maybe that would make a cherry sauce for dipping? these look SO delicious! I can't wait to try them! I LOVE your recipes.. wish I had found your blog long ago!

h said...

As a semi-newbie, I would like the carbquick recipe available on the more advanced page also :)

Lisa, motyok said...

The Carbquick version is there with just a click. It is linked in the text.

Ancient Egypt Pyramids said...

Another Smart post from you Admin :)

Jami Lynn said...

About how many will this make using a mini muffin tin? Can't wait to try them!

Anonymous said...

Approximately how many puppies does this make? I am trying to add to My Fitness Pal so I can figure calories and carbs. I can hardly wait to try these. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I made them in a mini muffin tin. I used 1/2 tbsp of the mix. I baked them at 400 for 10 mins. They came out a bit darker but not burnt. Maybe next time I'll try them at 7-8 mins. I made just over 2 dozen. They were awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

I've read this recipe and the original Cheese Puppies recipe. It would be very helpful if you would list the approximate number of puppies the recipe makes.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes!

C.J. said...

For those of you who have tried both versions, which do you like better?