Ah, nastalgia! My mother used to make these fun little puffs every once in awhile when I was a kid, and although I don't know that they've touched my lips in 20 years, I've never quite forgotten them...the sharp cheddar cheese, the crunchy bacon, the rice crispies, all rolled up into buttery balls... They were like cheese straws, only better. In my 10-year-old brain, they we.re nothing short of legendary.
This is why, when Super Bowl time came around and the challenge of creating a crowd-pleasing appetizer came up, all I could think of was these cheese thingies. It is also why, when a nasty cold crept up right before the Big Game and side-lined my party attendance, I had to make these snacks anyway Even if I was the only one to enjoy them.
The process is simple. You just dump a bunch of delicious ingredients into a bowl... Mix them up.... Roll them into little balls, sprinkled with paprika... Nuke 'em... AND PLAY!
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup coarse crushed rice crispies
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
- 1/3 cup butter, softenend
- 6 strips crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
- 2 tblsp. cold water