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Cheese Balls |

One comfort food to rule all comfort foods - buñuelos may look like a side dish, but don't risk putting them on the side, you'll want to fill your tummy with these and only these. This recipe is from My Colombian Recipes.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 15


3/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup tapioca flour

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup finely grated Queso fresco(if you can find it) or farmer/cottage cheese

2 eggs

1/4tsp baking powder

2tbsp sugar

Pinch of salt

1tbsp milk

Vegetable oil for frying

1. The starch of the show

Place everything (3/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup tapioca flour, 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, 1/2 cup finely grated Queso fresco/cottage cheese, 2 eggs, 1/4tsp baking powder, 2tbsp sugar, a Pinch of salt and 1tbsp milk) in a large bowl.

Use natures mixers (your hands) to bring it all together. Add a little more of the starches if you find it too sticky.

2. Toil for the oil

Wash those mitts and heat a large saucpan up with a few hundred millimeters of vegetable oil, enough that the balls can float - just like that bubble scene from the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Check the oil is hot enough by dipping in a chopstick - if it lightly bubbles, the oil is ready to do its job.

3. Goodness, gracious, great balls of cheese

Get yours hands back in the mix and form a small ball in your hands. Drop the boil into the oil carefully, so it doesn't splatter and create a Jackson Pollock like disaster. Keep adding balls until there is no more space in the pot. These tend to roll and flip on there own, but you might need to keep them moving with a gentle nudge.

Once the balls are golden brown on all sides remove from the oil and leave to dry on some kitchen roll and then serve whilst still hot.

Dink and sink!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "Oh my gosh. These were a life changing experience. The balls were so crispy, but doughy and so subtly cheesy. The best (or worst ) part is these are so quick and easy to make. They take about fifteen minutes in total, so these are definitely a staple recipe now. 10/10"

Kate says: "Now fellow gaspers, this is a dangerous recipe... Super duper easy and oh my goodness are they delicious. Even without the required finesse and correct ingredients, these turned out wonderfully. Crispy on the outside with a soft centre and a mild cheesy taste. The only thing to look out for is if your dough is too runny make sure to add flour not cornstarch or you will end up with your very own oobleck science experiment... 9/10 I can't wait to make these again but properly "

9.5/10 Gasps


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