South America Vegan Recipes

Vegan Food in Paraguay: Recipe for Paraguayan Chipa

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Raguayan Chipa Recipe

Introduction: Raguayan Chipa is a delightful South American snack originating from Paraguay. These gluten-free cheesy rolls are made from manioc flour (also known as cassava flour) and vegan cheese, making them suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions while still offering a delicious and satisfying treat. Raguayan Chipa is often enjoyed as a snack or a side dish, perfect for sharing with friends and family. These rolls are known for their crispy exterior and gooey, cheesy interior, making them a delightful comfort food.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes Total Time: 45-50 minutes Yield: Approximately 12 rolls

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups manioc flour (cassava flour)
  • 1 cup vegan cheese, shredded (cheddar or mozzarella-style)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds + 6 tablespoons water (chia egg)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Chia Egg:
    • In a small bowl, combine chia seeds and water.
    • Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes until it forms a gel-like consistency, creating the chia egg.
  2. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  3. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine manioc flour, shredded vegan cheese, nutritional yeast, salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika (if using).
  4. Incorporate Wet Ingredients:
    • Add the melted vegan butter, chia egg, and almond milk to the dry mixture.
    • Mix well until a dough forms. You may need to use your hands to knead the dough gently.
  5. Shape the Rolls:
    • Take small portions of the dough and shape them into rolls, about the size of a golf ball. You should get around 12 rolls.
  6. Baking:
    • Place the shaped rolls onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between them.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown and have a slightly crispy exterior.
  7. Cool and Serve:
    • Once baked, remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool slightly on a wire rack.
    • Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the rolls for a burst of color and flavor.
    • Serve the Raguayan Chipa warm, either as a snack or a side dish. They’re best enjoyed fresh out of the oven.

Tips:

  • Make sure to use high-quality vegan cheese that melts well for the best results.
  • You can customize the flavor by adding herbs, spices, or even diced vegetables to the dough.
  • If the dough feels too dry, add a little more almond milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the right consistency is achieved.
  • Leftover chipa can be reheated in the oven for a few minutes to regain their crispiness.

Enjoy your delicious Raguayan Chipa – a perfect blend of South American flavors and a great way to enjoy a gluten-free, cheesy delight!

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