Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cheese Krispies

Sympathy. Dollinks! There’s another run-up to the Stanley Cup on TV, and I - ever the devoted spouse - am trying to sound enthusiastic. When the first game in the series pitted the Chicago Blackhawks against the Vancouver Canucks, I screamed wildly, leaping from my seat as Chicago scored the first goal. Ron had to remind me that we do not live in Chicago. 
Two days ago, when the score tipped in the Canucks’ favor and the ’Hawks lost, I assumed the Canucks had won the Stanley Cup and yelled “Right on!” Ron gently explained the Canucks would now play Nashville. Which they’re doing as I speak. I’d normally retreat to the kitchen to make something interesting for the game, but sending you a couple of tried-and-true favorites is the next best thing. 
(Ron's just screamed: “Oh, no! A breakaway!” He’s wild-eyed! He’s pumping his fist! He'll need talking down, especially if the Canucks lose. I’ll have to post this quickly and prepare to hold his hand) From its name, I suspect this recipe originates with the Kellogg company, the manufacturer of Rice Krispies. I’ve been making this recipe so many years that I’ve lost its source.
Cheese Krispies:
½ c. butter or margarine, slightly softened
1 c. all-purpose flour
1-½ c. sharp grated cheddar
1-½ c. Rice Krispies
1 large egg, well beaten
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. cayenne pepper
Dash coarse black pepper
Paprika, as needed
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F. Using a pastry blender, cut butter or margarine into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheddar, mixing well. Add Rice Krispies using an under-over motion with your mixing spoon, to prevent crushing. Add beaten egg, and all seasonings except paprika. Mixing with clean hands, roll into 1-in. balls. Place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Flatten with fingers or palm to about ⅜-inch. Bake 15-to-20 min. While still hot, dust lightly with paprika. Cool 10 min. before serving. Makes 2 dozen. 
P.S.: The Canucks won the hockey game. Gee, I guess I should say the Canucks won the hockey game! Ron hasn’t been this pleased since the day he squeezed into his 21-year-old tuxedo.

Assemble ingredients: Margarine, grated cheese,
flour, Rice Krispies, seasonings

Add cereal to well-mixed ingredients

Compress into balls

Flatten with fingers or palm, compressing edges in circle

Into the oven ...

These are a quick appie for any special occasion!

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