And I mean that “once a year.” Make them more frequently, and you will look like someone who makes them more frequently. And your pancreas will hate you.
Once-a-Year Cheese Snacks
1 c all-purpose flour
1 c shredded cheese of any kind that appeals — I used a cheddar/jack mix
1 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
2 c oil for frying
Minus the oil for frying, moosh it all up together in a bowl, knead it until smooth, wrap it in cling film, and let it sit in the fridge for about 15mins.
Start heating the oil on medium.
Take out the cool dough ball and cut off a piece about the size of a lemon. Roll it out to the thickness of about a pinky finger, and cut pieces off the end with a sharp knife about the size of a chickpea. Do that to the whole ball of dough, then dump them by batches into the now-hot oil. They will fry up and turn golden in about a minute; they cook fast. Also, you will need to sieve them periodically and poke them with a knife as they cook and make sure they aren’t stuck together. Because they have shredded cheese in them, they can stick together where the cheese has melted on each little ball’s surface. It’s not tragic if they do; you can break them apart easily after they cool.
Sieve them out and let them drain/cool on paper towels.
Put them in a container, salt to taste (you shouldn’t need any more salt, really), put the lid on the container, and shake.
Put them in front of a gang of people and back off, keeping your hands and feet away from their mouths. You may hear a sonic boom.
I’ll post a picture once I get my hands on a little card-reader thing to get the pic into the computer.
Seriously. These things are GOOD. They’d be awesome tossed into a bowl of chili.
BTW, you probably won’t want to reuse the cooking oil, just because these things have pepper flakes in them, which will flavor the oil too noticeably for the next use.