Instructables

Cheating Cheetos

FeaturedContest Winner
Picture of Cheating Cheetos
Ever wonder how those crunchy snacks are made? Strange ingredients, strange techniques? Well, kind of. A recipe for crunchy cheese puffs dropped into my inbox one morning by way of a food blog, The Splendid Table. There was a beautiful photo of what appeared to be Cheetos. Of course they couldn't call it that. The folks at Frito-Lay wouldn't be too pleased. It was a recipe from a book called Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk, by Lara Ferroni.  I just had to try it. As you can see, mine didn't turn out quite as true to the cat I was trying to copy, but I also had to mix up the recipe. Because...that's just the way I am. But alas....I did create a tasty and somewhat addictive snack. It has a crunchy exterior and a bit of a chew in the center. The groundwork is laid. So many possibilities to alter the flavors with different cheeses and herbs and spices. 
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients
The ingredient list is short, but the technique is somewhat long. This a quite a project, for not a lot of snacking. I felt a tad like a mad scientist. But...just had to do it. I've had this recipe tucked in my back pocket for several months. 

1/2 cup tapioca starch (Bob's Red Mill)
2 tablespoons fine corn meal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 ounce hard cheese, finely grated (Parmesan)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 cup water
2 cups peanut oil
salt, to taste
pinch chipotle chili powder
finely grated Parmesan for garnish

cookery (author) 1 year ago
I agree. If we could only eat snacks we made, it would be a far healthier world. Not only for pure ingredients, but for the time element, as well.
Brilliant. I think that this is the only way people should eat Cheetos. It would slow down the "impulsive cheeto binge." I wonder if there is a way to really whip up the air content and then extrude them.... maybe via a pastry icing bag? Anyway the time made:time eaten sounds perfect to me.