CHEESE CRACKLINGS (CHICHARRÓN DE QUESO)
Provided by: Robin Grose / comboplate.net
Total time: 20 minutes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
|8 ounces block cheese (see note below)|
- Use a box or flat grater to shred the cheese. You’ll end up with about 2 cups of shreds.
- Heat a non-stick flat griddle or frying pan. (If non-stick is unavailable, lightly grease a heavy-bottomed stainless steel pan.)Pick up about 1/3 of a cup of cheese shreds with the fingertips of one hand. Sprinkle them loosely onto the heated griddle or pan in a relatively circular shape. As the cheese melts, it will form bubbles. Allow it to “fry,” pouring off excess fat, if necessary, until the cheese lightly browns on the bottom and can be lifted with a spatula. Turn the chicharrón over and fry it on the other side for a few seconds to finish it off. (Degree of doneness is a personal preference thing; I always like my cracking well-browned so it will be extra crispy, but cook it to your own liking.)
- Place the finished cracking on a plate lined with paper toweling, dabbing off any excess oil. Allow it to cool briefly—maybe 20 to 30 seconds—then, if desired, roll it into a cone shape or cylinder, fold it into some other shape, or cut it into smaller pieces.Continue making cracklings until the cheese runs out. Keep them warm if planning to serve right away, or store lightly covered at room temperature for a few hours.
- Serve your cheese cracklings by themselves or with the toppings or dips of your preference. Some suggestions: Lime halves (for juice to be squeezed directly onto the chicharrones) Any Mexican table sauce (particular one made with dried chiles such as our own Chile de Arbol Sauce), bottled sauce, or pico de gallo Our own delicious Fresh Pineapple and Bean Salsa, or your favorite homemade chunky salsa Avocado slices or cubes, or a prepared guacamole Seasoned refried beans or a bean dip Ranch, Thousand Island, or some other salad dressing A concoction such as our Zucchini and Pepper Salad or Creamy Jicama Slaw
Calories 155 kcal, ServingSize 1 serving