In the early 1940's my mom would send me to the local A & P in Nashville, Tennessee to get a bag of "PUFFLES". They came in a bag about the size of a Carroll Shelby Chili bag.
These were hard, about a dime in thickness and a quarter in diameter, looking a lot like the packaged potatoes in Scalloped or Au Gratin packages. They were about the color and texture of a dry Lasagna noodle.
Mom would heat up a deep fry pot, then drop these in, a few at a time. Almost instantly, they would puff up, expanding to the size of Pringle's Potato Chips, and looked like they were made of tiny bubbles stuck together as a chip. Put into the mouth, they would almost instantly disappear. The taste was unique but more like an unsalted potato chip than anything else.
They came in three flavors, original, cheese, and I think bacon. I thought the original was best, the cheese OK, and thumbs down on the bacon.
The closest I've come in finding them was when I had some shrimp chips at a Chinese restaurant, the size and texture, not the flavor!
Anyway, I'm trying to find someone that knows, or has heard about them. I'd be most grateful for any comments concerning these "Puffles".
Post by whisperingpass on Jun 30, 2005 19:06:10 GMT -6
I found a recipe for Cheese Puffles but it is not exactly what you were looking for. These ones are baked in the oven .
Ingredients: 2 c Unbleached (wheat) Flour 1 c Unsalted Butter (2 sticks) 2 c Grated Sharp Cheese 4 c Rice Krispies
Preheat the oven to 400 deg F. Cream the flour, butter, and cheese together in a large bowl. Add Rice Krispies and mix into a cohesive dough. Shape Puffles into small balls, using your hands. Bake until golden, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool. Makes about 4-5 dozen.