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Old 05-08-2007, 12:31 PM   #11
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:36 PM   #12
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This may seem like a stupid question but why not ask your grandmother what they are?
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:40 PM   #13
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They are pasta durado, a Mexican snack food. Put a couple in the microwave on high--they will puff up like Cheetos. (Watch them--it is cool, and your kids will like it. Also watch them, because it is a nanosecond between all puffed up and burnt.)

They are very bland, so they need some chili and salt, or maybe salsa?

An alternate way to cook them is to deep fry them. The oil must be hot--375 or so.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:51 PM   #14
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I have to go with the most logical answer so far, "Did you ask your Grandmother what they are?"

1. Are they brittle or soft?
2. Have you put one in your mouth to see if they are starchy or sweet?

Extruded pasta is generally not that glossy (even with teflon dies), nor that red (unless food coloring was added). Another problem with these being a "pasta" is based on your photo ... the space between the spokes appears to be filled with something pure white ... not empty spaces. The color between the spokes is much whiter than your background, and the shadowing indicates that the area between the spokes is not as deep at the height of the outer edge of the "wheels".

Based on the photo and lacking any other real information - I'm guessing they are some sort of confection ...
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:43 PM   #15
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I see them at Walmart sold by the pound next to produce section will hafto take a closer look next time
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Old 05-09-2007, 02:17 AM   #16
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don't boil it

It's Mexican and it's grain, but you don't boil it. You deep fry it. You don't need a big deep fryer just an inch or two of oil, way hot. Toss 'em in and they will puff up like mad. Be careful not to throw too many in at once! They can double or treble in size. (try one alone so you can see what happens)

They cook in less than a minute, I think. They don't need to be browned, just puffed (you'll see!) and they will lose that reddish color. Slotted spoon to remove, drain, salt if ya like, and some hot sauce. Snack City.
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:59 PM   #17
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Thanks for the advice, My grandmother is a little senile and I'm not sure why she had them, or where she got them but she had like 3 bags. She didn't know what they were, but she gave me a bag. I'll have to ask one of my hispanic friends to show me how to cook them.

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Old 05-21-2007, 12:27 AM   #18
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Again - click here for an even better description and picture of AFTER they puff up.

There's really not much more to explain other than deep frying them and then seasoning them as someone suggested above. Go for it! Take pictures - and then fax me a couple - I'd love to try them!
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