Tequeños are a Venezuelan party staple. A party is not a true Venezuelan party unless tequeños are served. Apparently, the name comes from the children of Los Teques, a town close to Caracas, because they were always wrapped in blankets due to the colder weather there.
At any rate, they are delicious, deep fried white cheese wrapped in a thin semi-sweet dough. The cheese I'm using is not quite right, since cheese varies A LOT country to country, but it is close enough.
Here they are:
So this is one of those foods that I binge on when I go to Venezuela because I can't find them anywhere else. Now they are in my kitchen. This whole cooking thing is changing my life completely!
Venezuelan cheese sticks
Servings: 20-25 pieces
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 5 min
Total time: 35 min
2/3 lb queso blanco, cut into strips
2 cups white flour
5 tbsp butter, softened
1/3 cup cold water
2 tbsp white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
oil for frying
Mix the salt, sugar and water together well. Begin mixing the flour with the egg and butter with your hands, and gradually add the water until you form a uniform dough.
Wrap the strip around the cheese, starting by covering the top and working your way down. Make sure the cheese is completely covered. Seal the edges well.
At this point you can either fry them right away, or you can freeze them. I wrapped mine with parchment paper and plastic wrap and put them in a box in the freezer. They keep for a while, and you can make them anytime straight out of the freezer - do not thaw.
To fry them, heat abundant oil on a skillet to about medium-high heat. Wait until the oil starts shimmering. Add the tequeños and fry them until golden brown on both sides. If you see any of them opening up and the cheese showing, they are ready, so take them out immediately.
Place them on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil until ready to serve.
Aren't they beautiful??
We don't normally dip these babies in anything, but I'm pretty sure any sauce would work well.
And Bruno's rating is:
8.4 / 10