Wednesday, January 20th, 2021


Chipas

(Paraguayan Cheese Buns)

January 20: National Cheese Lovers Day

Smile and say “cheese” “chipas”! We blogged before about Brazil’s pão de queijo. Now we are posting a similar recipe from its neighbor, Paraguay. Their cheese buns are called chipas. Both pão de queijo and chipas are made with tapioca starch/cassava or manioc flour to give it a nice, chewy texture. In this Paraguayan recipe, we used Parmesan cheese. These cute round cheesy buns are sure to bring smiles to those who eat them, as they are delicious hot and fresh from the oven as a snack or a side dish. Prepare Paraguayan chipas for National Cheese Lovers Day!

Recipe

(Adapted from Tablespoon)

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup tapioca starch/cassava or manioc flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 8-10 teaspoons milk
  • 1 ¼ cups Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine the tapioca starch/flour with baking powder and salt. Add the softened butter. Beat in the eggs.

Slowly pour in the milk and mix until well combined. Fold in the cheese. Use a 1 ½ inch scoop and place dough on lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • If the dough is too dry, add a teaspoon of milk at a time.

  • Try other shredded hard cheeses in this recipe. Some may be saltier than others so adjust the seasoning to taste.

  • Search our blog for other recipes containing cheese.

 

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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January 20: National Cheese Lovers Day

The hot cheesy-garlic biscuit appetizers at Red Lobster restaurant are so addicting that we have even bought the boxed mix at the store so we could enjoy eating them at home. But sometimes we cannot find it because the store needed to restock the product or does not carry it. So we looked online for a copycat recipe and found an easy one. While it may not be the exact one as Red Lobster’s, these Cheddar Bay biscuits are close—and less salty. Those who love cheese will certainly love these Cheddar Bay biscuits, especially on National Cheese Lovers Day!

Recipe

(Adapted from Big Oven)

For the biscuits

  • 2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the Bisquick baking mix, cheese, milk and butter and garlic powder.

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Mix until moist and everything comes together but do not overwork the dough. Scoop mounds onto a lightly greased foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, make the topping. Remove the biscuits from the oven.

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For the topping

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Directions

In a microwave-safe cup or bowl, combine the butter, garlic powder and parsley flakes. Cover and microwave until melted. Brush the tops of the biscuits with this melted butter mix. Serve the biscuits warm.

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Notes

  • Avoid overmixing the dough or it will not bake up as flaky and soft.
  • Other recipes use cold butter pieces instead of melted butter in the dough. Combine the butter into the Bisquick baking mix and combine using a pastry blender or two forks or knives until it looks coarse and there are lumps resembling large peas. Continue to add the rest of the ingredients for the biscuits and stir until a sticky dough is formed. Bake as usual and brush with butter topping at the end.