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Chin Chin

Chin Chin

  Baked Chin chin
(Baked)

Fried Chin Chin

(Fried)

Chin Chin is a very popular Nigerian snack which falls into the “small chops” category. (Small chops meaning it can be served as an appetizer). It is made by deep-frying dough until golden brown and crunchy.

I try to stay away from fried foods as much as I can, and so I thought to BAKE the chin chin instead of deep-frying it. I’ve never heard of anyone bake chin chin before, but there’s a first time for everything, right?

I actually made 2 batches, one baked, and the other deep-fried to determine which I liked better. The baked one won me over, hands down. It has a ‘cleaner’ mouth feel, and it actually turned out to be crunchier than its fried counterpart.

I challenge you to try the baked version; you won’t hurt my feelings if you decide to go with the fried version. I promise I won’t judge *wink*

Servings: 6,  Serving Size: ½ cup

Calories:  291, Protein: 5.09 g, Carbohydrate: 50.0 g, Fat: 7.74 g, Sodium: 130.9 mg,Fiber: 1.69 g 

Ingredients:

½ cup sugar

1 tsp nutmeg, ground

2 tsp ginger, ground

2 tsp cinnamon, ground

½ cup light butter, melted

2 cups of all-purpose flour

½ cup of low-fat milk (1%)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Measure out the flour and pour in a medium-sized bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Whisk until evenly combined.

Pour the liquid mixture into flour, mixing with a spatula until your dough is formed (it will be really sticky).

Sprinkle some flour on a flat work surface, and knead your dough. (You may have to sprinkle some flour on the dough so it is easier to work with but do not overdo it).

Roll your dough out flat, and cut into strips, length wise and across, forming square chips (It’s okay if it is not precise, rectangle shaped chips are quite okay).

Cut chin chin

Spray a baking dish/pan with cooking spray. Arrange the chips of dough in the pan and set in the oven for 35 minutes (or until golden brown and crunchy).

Remove from oven, and let cool before eating.

If you would like to try the fried method, after the chips are formed, deep fry in hot vegetable oil.  Either way, enjoy this traditional Nigerian snack. 

3 Minute Garlic Bread

garlic bread

This is soo easy to make and soo yummy too. Once you’ll try this once, there will be no need for store bought garlic bread when you can make yours in the comfort of your kitchen. This is the way to go.

 

Servings: 2, Serving Size: 1/2 bun, 1 bread slice 

Calories: 198, Protein: 3.28 g, Carbohydrate: 11.3 g, Fat, Total: 15.0 g, Sodium: 216 mg

Ingredients

1 whole bun/2 slices of bread of choice (I used an onion bun)

2 tbsp butter

  •  Preferably use one made with olive oil. If not, that’s okay
  •  You can substitute with margarine, or use ½ tsp of olive oil on each slice

2 tbsp pesto

  • If you don’t have any on hand, you can make yours by mincing one-two whole garlic cloves (depending on your palate and desire for the strength of the garlic flavor), 2 tsp of Basil, and 2 tsp of olive oil, Mix together. 

2 tsp Parsley flakes

2 tsp Romano Parmesan cheese

Directions:

 Set your oven to 450 F. Take each bread slice (or bun half) and coat the entire surface with 1 Tbsp of butter each. 

Next, spread 1 Tbsp of pesto. Sprinkle 1 tsp each of parsley flakes and 1 tsp each of Parmesan Romano cheese.

Place on aluminum foil and stick in the oven and until the bread becomes nice and crisp and the edges start to brown  (This will take only about 3 minutes).

Voila! Take out of the oven and enjoy.