This cheese balls are called Chipa, originating from Paraguay, eaten all around South America. I bit into my first Chipa, homemade by a porteño. Immediately consuming 5 balls, I knew I had to get the recipe from her. This potato flour mixed with shredded cheese, butter and milk gives these balls a chewy, creamy, cheesy texture. My friend from Brazil humorously said, "This addictive cheese ball, also called Pao de Queijo in Brazil, is known to feed straight down to the arse of Brazilians." Therefore I must eat more. —FrancesRenHuang
Potato Flour (Yuca Flour)
Eggs, lightly beaten
butter, cut into 1/2 inch cube size
shredded mozzarella plus 2~3 other kinds of sharp cheeses
head of roasted garlic (optional)
In This Recipe
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix flour and butter by hand until it resembles bread crumbs with some small pieces of butter remaining.
Add salt and pepper, cheese, egg and cheese; mix well by fork.
Pour milk tablespoons at a time; mix until dough is evenly distributed and sticks together.
Dust hands generously with potato flour; drop 1 tbsp of dough onto palm and shape into a tablespoon size ball. Dust hands with flour again; repeat. *If the dough is too soft to work with, put it in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Bake on baking sheet 10~15 minutes, until puffy and golden on top. *keep an eye on it, dough rises at the last 5 minutes of baking: cheese oozes out, slightly puffy and golden brown.