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Trader Vic's recipes and story in December Saveur
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Joined: Feb 11, 2007
Posts: 353
From: Mansfield, MA
Posted: 2008-09-21 9:58 pm   Permalink

Cheese Bings


This Trader Vic's creation is in effect an upscale version of the béchamel-bound ham croquettes popular in Spain and Latin America.

4 eggs
1 and half cups plus 1 tbsp. flour
1 and a third cups milk
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
half tbsp. butter

6 tbsp. butter
6 tbsp. flour
1 and half cups milk
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 lb. swiss cheese, finely grated
5 oz. cooked ham, finely chopped
(about 1 and a quarter cups)
5 eggs
Leaves of quarter bunch parsley, chopped
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch cayenne
half tsp. worcestershire sauce
quarter tsp. Tabasco
Vegetable oil
2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

1. For the crêpes: Whisk eggs and flour together in a medium bowl. Add milk and whisk until smooth. Add nutmeg and season to taste with salt. Strain batter through a sieve into a bowl and set aside. Heat a 12" nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Swirl butter in skillet, then pour in 1⁄2 cup of the batter. Working quickly, swirl batter to coat skillet evenly. Cook until edges are golden brown, 1 and a half;2–2 minutes. Turn with a spatula and cook second side until golden, 1–2 minutes more. Transfer crêpe to a plate and repeat with remaining batter.

2. For the filling: Melt butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, until pale golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and gradually add milk, whisking constantly until smooth. Return pot to medium-low heat and cook, whisking constantly, until thick, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly. Add cheese, ham, 2 of the eggs, parsley, nutmeg, cayenne, worcestershire, and Tabasco and mix well. Adjust seasonings and set aside.

3. Cut 4 of the crêpes in half (save any remaining crêpes for another use). Lay 1 crêpe half on a work surface with straight edge closest to you. Spread one-quarter of the filling along straight edge, shaping the mixture into a log. Roll crêpe snugly around filling jelly roll style (crêpe will not cover filling entirely). Put crêpe seam side down on a wax paper–lined sheet pan. Repeat process with remaining 3 crêpes and filling. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.

4. Pour oil into a large heavy pot to a depth of 2" and heat over medium-high heat until temperature registers 350° on a candy thermometer. Meanwhile, beat remaining eggs in a wide bowl. Put bread crumbs into another wide bowl. Trim ends of each crêpe, then cut crêpes on the bias into 1"-thick slices. Coat each slice in egg, then dredge in bread crumbs. Working in small batches, deep-fry cheese bings, turning once, until golden all over, 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a rack to let drain, and season to taste with salt, if you like, while still hot. Serve hot.

This recipe was first published in Saveur in Issue #80


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Joined: Jan 30, 2006
Posts: 749
From: Folly Beach, SC--'Follynesia'
Posted: 2008-09-22 9:41 pm   Permalink


On 2008-09-19 17:56, tikiauction wrote:
this thread is older than my baby

It's fairly common to bring up old threads from time to time. It's nice to see old threads revived with new info/input/ideas, etc. Keeps this place alive.

That being said, I think I'll have some cheese bings and chowchow and maybe a little kombu in my next batch of bongobongo--Thanx guys!


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Joined: Jul 30, 2011
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Posted: 2011-07-30 12:53 am   Permalink

Exceptional post!

Kadhai Paneer

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