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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

=cheddar cheese & scallion gizmos=

Ah, here they are: cheese gizmos. Aptly named by my husband for whom they were invented, or, more accurately, adapted from another, sweet version of this recipe, designed for those no longer eating carbohydrates. 

It's no challenge to feed a carnivore. Any chunk of seared flesh will do. What is a challenge, however, is what to serve with it. Potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, of course, even many vegetables are out of the question. But I am a civilized person; I can't bear to serve a plate of smoldering meat without something lying in counter-balance beside it. I am not married to a lion or a bear, after all.

And so the cheese gizmo. Which mimics at least the look of a potato pancake and the taste of a cheddar and scallion scone. But with the virtue of containing virtually zero carbohydrates.

Here is how you make them:

Put 4 ounces of cream cheese in a bowl. 

Add 2 ounces of goat cheese. 

(It helps if the cheeses are room temperature.)

2 eggs. 

3 teaspoons of flax seed meal (this is optional. it's supposed to be healthy for a whole bunch of reasons & it probably gives the finished product a slightly nuttier taste than it would have if it were absent, but it is mainly for its health benefits that I add it).

1/4 cup of coconut flour or almond flour.

Grind in some salt & some pepper.

Add a dash or two of garlic powder.

Use a hand mixer to blend all this stuff together until its smooth & creamy. 

Fold in some grated cheddar cheese & chopped scallions to taste. Put in as much or as little as you like. How should I know how much you like? Is my tongue in your mouth? Before I was married there is a good chance it might have been, or could have been, but not anymore. So, please, suit yourself. Half the fun of cooking is improvising. Cooking is not an exact science. We're not mixing rocket fuel here. The result might make you puke, but it's very unlikely to explode or kill anyone.

Take the bowl of your resulting mixture over to your stove-top. It's best to use a crepe pan. A crepe pan is good for a lot of things besides making crepes. You should have one.

Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in your crepe pan and use your trusty ice cream scoop to scoop out three scoops of your batter, one scoop for each pancake. You cook your cheddar cheese & scallion gizmos just like you would any pancake. When you see bubbles starting to form on the uncooked surface of the pancake, you work your spatula underneath it—very carefully—and flip it over. The second side won't take long to cook.

Remove the pancakes and place them on a plate with a paper towel to drain. Add another teaspoon of coconut oil to your crepe pan and repeat. This bowl of batter should make about 11 cheddar cheese and scallion gizmos. You can serve them with just about any kind of meat that would ordinarily be served with a potato.

They're also pretty good on a pretzel roll as a grilled cheese sandwich.

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