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.
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
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. cayenne pepper
Dash coarse black pepper
Paprika, as needed
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!|