I’ll admit: I was skeptical. I think M was probably being “funny” when he wrote out his food choices for our culinary challenge. Backfired. We’ve wound up with some really good food, and we’ve gotten out of our comfort zone. Take, for example, our Brazilian appetizer: Croquettes De Queijo, or Cheese Croquettes. Not something I would have ever made for us, but definitely something I’ll make again. And they were relatively easy as well, which is an added benefit. I found these because they were baked, where as most other appetizers I was finding were fried. Too much fried food in other cuisines! I halved the recipe, which we both regretted. The texture most reminds me of a falafel but the taste is more like a cheesy fritter — but not a melty cheesy fritter; more like a fritter with a subtle, salty cheese flavor. Just try them; they are good.
Cube (or use the Pinterest trick of grating) 2 ounces of butter into a bowl.
Add in 2/3 cup of flour and gently incorporate the butter into the flour until coarse crumbs form.
Add in 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, and the yolk of one egg. (Reserve the white). Season with salt and pepper and mix together to form a dough.
If the dough is too dry, add in up to 1 tablespoon of water. I used fresh breadcrumbs, so I didn’t need to add water, but I imagine if you were to used dried breadcrumbs, you would need additional water. It should look something like this when done.
Form the dough into balls, roughly the size of a ping pong ball.
Roll in the reserved egg white.
Place on a well-greased cookie sheet (or use a Silpat).
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Turn the balls over and cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove and serve warm with salsa.