Inspired by cheese puffs and nacho-cheese-flavored chips, the CHOW Test Kitchen wanted to figure out whether it was possible to make a DIY cheese powder out of quality cheese. Fortunately, the process proved surprisingly easy, but it does take some patience: Just bake shredded cheese at a low temperature, blot the excess oil off of it, and continue baking until the cheese is thoroughly dried out. After that just grind the crispy cheese in a spice or coffee grinder, blend it with some seasonings like chili powder and cayenne pepper, and there you have it: real nacho cheese powder. Its cheddar-y, salty, spicy flavors pair great with pumpkin seeds for a crunchy snack to serve with drinks or throw in a lunch bag.
Special equipment: You’ll need a very clean coffee or spice grinder for this recipe.
What to buy: Buttermilk powder can be found in the baking aisle of any well-stocked grocery store.
This recipe was featured as part of our Crazy DIY Flavored Nuts for March Madness.
For the seeds: