Cheddar and Chive Beignets

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Cheddar and Chive Beignets

Hi, my name is Kelly and I am not a filmmaker – but I tried!  I wanted to get that out of the way since it is time for yet another Project Food Blog Challenge entry.  This week we were challenged to create a video:

Channel your inner Julia Child and put one of your favorite recipes on film. Pick a recipe from your blog archives and make it come to life on video by showing readers the perfect way to poach an egg or just how passionate you are about seasonal ingredients.  (Note, the challenge was later amended to allow us to create new recipes, which I did.)

My comfort zone is creating recipes, taking nice pictures, saying something that is (or maybe is not) interesting about how I made it, and then setting it loose on the internet.  In terms of time and creativity, this challenge required much more out of me than usual.  That is not such a bad thing, all things considered.  I am comfortable with myself, but creating a cooking video is not as easy as the folks on tv make it look.  So, my video may not be slick, overly produced, or flashy, but it is honest, homemade, and something I am proud of.  You can’t get much better than that!

This recipe is perfect for a party, or as an appetizer.  What they are, in essence, are fried cheese doughnuts.  The recipe is easy to make, quick to cook, and adaptable.  I used cheddar and fresh chives, since that is what I prefer, but if you want to use another cheese (Fontina, goat cheese, and Maytag Blue come easily to mind) or another herb, feel free.  You can make the batter as many as four hours in advance, just cover and keep chilled, but when it comes to cooking these are really best fresh from the hot oil.  So, invite your guests into the kitchen, pour some wine, and put on a show for your guests as you fry them up some luscious, cheesy goodness!

Cheddar and Chive Beignets      Serves 6-8

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup milk, 2% or higher
4 tablespoons butter, cubed
2/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
Oil for frying

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In a small bowl combine the flour, smoked paprika, mustard powder, salt, and cayenne pepper.  Whisk to combine.  Set aside.

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In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the milk and the butter.  Bring the mixture to a boil then pour in the flour and spices.  Stir, over medium heat, until the dough forms a smooth ball and there is a light film on the bottom of the pan, about three minutes.

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Put the dough in the work bowl of a stand mixer, or in a medium bowl, and add the cheese.  Blend on low speed until the cheese is mixed.  Some will melt, some will not and that is ok.  Add the eggs one at a time, making sure the mixture is totally smooth before adding the next egg.  Scrape the sides of the bowl down and stir in the fresh chives.

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Heat three inches of oil, with a three inch air space, in a dutch oven to 350 F.  When the oil reaches temperature drop the batter by rounded tablespoons into the oil. Fry until golden brown on all sides, about four to five minutes.  Remove from the oil and sprinkle with a little kosher salt.  Serve immediately.

Cheddar and Chive Beignets


Cheddar and Chive Beignets

Voting for this round begins November 15 so check out all the contestants and vote for your favorites!

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Author: Kelly

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  • Great job on the video! It’s like having a friend teaching me right in her kitchen..love it! Recipe looks yummy, these would be great Turkey Day appetizers.

  • You should be very proud of your video. It was exactly what it should have been. A glimpse into your kitchen (complete with stuff on your fridge:), a recipe that is totally doable, looks delicious and you even nailed the “mmm” moment when you tried the beignet!

  • GREAT job on your video, Kelly! It looks wonderful and you looked so comfortable in front of the camera! You have my vote!

  • This was fantastic, Kelly! Both the recipe and the video. I tried to make a cooking video once. A filmmaker friend took over, too ambitiously, and it was a disaster. Never even made it to the blog. You totally have my vote.

  • Nicely done! Your beignets will be perfect for the holidays. You’ve got my vote.

  • You did not disappoint Kelly; relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera and as I’ve told you before, totally approachable; you make food people want to EAT!

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  • Kelly I love it!!!! It’s so you. TOtally what this contest should be about!

  • such a great job and a really great recipe

  • they look delicious! excellent work! 😀

  • Awesome video! You did such a great job! You’re such a natural in front of the camera. 🙂 You’ll definitely be getting my vote!

  • omg, those look delicious!!! great recipe – i love savory beignets. plus your video is fun to watch and shows how to make the recipe perfectly. fantastic entry – good luck!

  • Savory beignets – brilliant! Nice job on your post and video. Good luck!!

  • FANTASTIC Job!!! Love your approachable personality…and what’s not to love about a cheesy beignet? You’ve got my vote!!

  • Savory beignets???!!! Can I come to your house and eat? Your video is so great! I’m sooo voting for you!

  • Great job on your video! You should be extremely proud…it’s awesome 🙂

  • I thought that the video was great! It looked pretty professional in my opinion and it it so nice to finally put a face to the blog. Well done!

  • I LOVE the video!!! You did an amazing job, the video looks absolutely professional. I love that I now have a “person” to go with the Evil Shenanigans name. Excellent job!!!

  • Nice work! Loved the video – these may be a pre-Thanksgiving dinner munchie!

  • I think this video is a great example of the challenge. Good lighting. Clear language and demonstration. Lots of smiling. Groovy music (maybe I shouldn’t have said that…)

    Oh, and really great recipe. Figured that was an assumption.


  • OH MY WORD do those look sooooo good! What an incredibly creative idea. I would have never of thought of making savory beignets. I’m in love! You did an incredible job with the video. Your instructions in the video were so easy to follow and you did a great job of demonstrating the recipe. I LOVED IT!

  • These look amazing! and kudos on your video 🙂

  • My first time on your blog and I am amazed with the video post. You are very good with the camera. I’ll make sure I get online and vote for you!

  • Amy

    Great job on the video, these beignets look delicious!

  • I’ve been doing cooking videos on YouTube for nearly 3 years now and this video is very well done!

  • Your beignets look and sound amazing.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new vegetarian photo gallery showcasing the best vegetarian dishes and recipes on the web.

  • Good job on the video. The beignets looks delicious! You got my vote:D Good luck!

  • Excellent job with your video. For what it’s worth, I am a TV professional and I thought your delivery was perfect. So was the pacing of the video and the takeaway information. You are telegenic! And your recipe was wonderful. Well done!

  • Fabulous!!! I will be sending a vote your way. I have really enjoyed all your entries.

  • Kimberly

    Good job on your video. You’re such a good speaker. I bet you would be a wonderful cooking class instructor.

  • Great job! those beignets look divine!! I’ll be sure to vote for you!

  • Hot Polka Dot’s Mom

    Well done! You are a natural in front of the camera and your warm personality shines through. Definitely going to try your Beignets.

  • Miss Martina

    Great Video, Sound, everything!! Miss M-

  • Miss Martina

    Greatvideo, sound, everything!! Miss M-

  • I agree with the first comment…it’s like being right in your kitchen, as a friend!

  • You are a STAR!!!! Loved the video!! It was great to “see” you! Great recipe too! Good luck!!!

  • Congratulations !!

    Great video !! You are natural and you do what ought to be done!!!

  • Nik

    These look fantastic! I’ll make it tonight! THANK YOU!

  • You did a GREAT job! And those beignets look amazing!!!

  • You are adorable! Loved the recipe and you looked really relaxed and knowledgeable. Great job.

  • Awesome video and great recipe – you seem so comfortable and professional!

  • fantastic! I mean the video every bit as much as the cheesy delights. GREG

  • Good job, sweetie!

  • These look absolutely delicious. Great job!

    Thanks for sharing,

  • great vid — you’re sure to advance. Your beignets look delicious! Theresa

  • Edited very well! You’re a natural.

  • What a great twist on donuts! Love the video!

  • I’m a bit late on commenting… But, had to let you know that these beignets look spectacular. And, your video is GREAT! Loved it 🙂

  • great job!!! You are such a natural on camera and very inviting. 🙂

  • I’m really like this part of the competition. Finally, I get to see y’all on video. It makes you very real. GREAT job and you looked very comfortable at what you were doing. Great recipe, too.

  • Wow! That is such a professional video! Great job! Good Luck in the contest!

  • Kelly, you look great! Love this video!

  • Awesome!! Great Job! And the beignets look amazing!!

  • These look so good! Great job on your video. It definitely looks well put together – love it 🙂

  • These look very delicious!!!!
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  • You are a natural! Love your voice, recipe and video. Voted!

  • Great video Kelly! I have never seen a savoury version of beignets and now I know I have got to try these! Good luck and you definitely have my vote!

  • Fried cheese doughnuts!? You are speaking my language. What an awesome recipe.

  • Not only does this sound scrumptious, you’re a natural! Great job girlfriend!

  • I love your video! You look beautiful and the beignets look scrumptious. I can almost taste them just by looking at your last picture! Very nicely done and I hope you go one to the next round.

  • They look delicious! Can’t wait to try them out tomorrow and vote!

  • Very nice. You have a nice smile and look very comfortable in front of a camera. I love the savory beignets – such a good recipe! You’ve got my vote!

  • Could you be more charming?! No, you could not! Really love your video and you know I’m jonesing for the cheddar chive beignets. Fantastic entry, you’ve got a vote from me!

  • you dont do video? i beg to disagree. You are few of those who submitted with a great video quality. I love how you executed your dish, from the opening remarks til the end, its concise, not beating around the bush and without adding flowery statements. You made a very informative step by step instructions. It actually has the impression of a professional online cooking videos like videojug, etc. You have my vote…

  • These look AMAZING! I love your personality on camera, too!

  • You did great on the video, and you’re just as cute as can be. Voting now. 🙂

  • So great! Your pacing is perfect and you are enjoyable to watch — Fabulous!

  • You have a very natural way in front of the camera and the “real” you (whatever that means) seems to match up with the written you. Bravo. GREG

  • Kelly,
    For someone who doesn’t have cooking on film experience you sure look like you are comfortable in front of the camera!
    Nice job~

  • Meg

    These look AWESOME!!

  • Yummy, they look delicious! Nice video, Best of luck & continued success on the PFB!

  • You are so great on video! Very natural and the recipe is killer! Best wishes!

  • I hadn’t considered beignets savory, but what a great idea and nibbles especially for the holidays and entertaining. Great video – nicely done and you present so well.

  • Oh dear heavens, you had me at beignets, but savory ones? Even better! I love the spices in the batter and can’t wait to try this the next time I entertain. Your video was awesome!

  • Well done – I feel like I could make those delicious concoctions now – and that’s the point.

  • I just can’t resist anything fried especially beignets, and yours look amazing. I’m getting cravings just looking at them. You did a great job in front of the camera. Good luck!

  • Saw beignets and totally had to come check it out. Voted for ya!

  • I’ve never made beignets, primarily because I hate frying stuff. But your video makes me want to try. I guess that’s the hallmark of a great cooking video. Job well done! Vote’s in. Good luck!

  • The meal was delicious! I cooked and in no time licking my fingers…l0l

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