This recipe is pretty well known, and I’ve seen slightly different versions of it. But it’s worth posting for anyone who hasn’t come across it because it is one of my family’s favorites.
We have given these bread balls our own name based on a word one of my kids invented when he was two. We call them cheese pacos (pronounced like taco).
Cheese Paco Recipe
Heat the following ingredients in a small saucepan until white foam appears.
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. water
1/3 c. milk
1 tsp. salt
Immediately add this to:
2 c. tapioca starch
Stir with a wooden/heavy spoon or spatula. Let rest about 15 minutes. (Sometimes I shorten this to 5 min.)
1 c. grated hard cheese (such a Parmesan, but I have also used cheddar)
You will have a sticky gooey mass.
Drop by spoonfuls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until top begins to brown. I bake them about 20-25 min. on stoneware. You can vary the cooking length to make them crispier (more time) or softer (less time).