Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cheezy Rolls!

Oh, these little bundles of joy...  They totally expanded and grew into ridiculous shapes in the oven, but who cares!  How awesome... and how simple!

I can see how a certain nation/continent would suggest incorporating the cheese into the batter, and then smearing a super salty, tar-like goo all over one side prior to rolling... And maybe for someone's 30th I'll do that.  Maybe.  Maaaaaybe....

As much as I'd like to just eat all of them (which will probably happen anyway, let's be honest), I'm serving alongside a quick-ass stew that is comprised of frozen veggies, a can of diced tomatoes, an extra can full of water, some rosemary, thyme and basil, and a sprinkle of salt and cayenne.  Simple enough.  The main attraction are the cheezy rolls, no doubt.

Cheezy Rolls!
4 servings of 3 rolls each, 235 calories per serving of 3 rolls (80 per roll) WITHOUT CHEESE.  My guess is I used 1.5 cups... though a lot of it got promptly consumed before hitting the oven so.... but let's be generous with the count.  That would be 125 calories per roll, or 370 for three of them.

2 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp brown sugar (or regular, all I have is brown)
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cider vinegar
2/3 cup milk
shredded cheese, approx 1-1.5 cups (I used Daiya Cheddar)

1. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients (including sugar).  Add the milk and vinegar, mixing well.  It'll seem dry, but bear with it... Keep mixing.  When it seems like you can't mix anymore with whatever utensil you're using, drop it onto a clean surface that's lightly floured and knead.  It should mix more.  It'll still be a little dry, but it'll be ok.
2. Knead well, then roll out into a shape that resembles a rectangle, pretty thin since it will fluff up...  Cut 6 strips, and then cut those in half so you have twelve in total.
3. Heat the oven to 425F.  Lay some glorious parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Here comes the fun part!
4. Sprinkle some cheese into the first strip and roll up.  Doesn't matter if there are some shreds poking out, they'll melt and look festive.  Be sure to close them tightly... they'll try to unroll as they expand.
5. Lay even spaced, at least an inch between rolls because they will totally grow like a cheezy chia pet.  If a chia pet came rolled up like a sleeping bag...
6. Bake 10 minutes, til golden.  Turn off the oven and let them sit in the warmth until ready to serve.  YUM!

and below is the stew, in case you were wondering ;)

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