Tequeños – Fried Venezuelan Cheese Sticks Recipe
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Serves: 35
 
Tequeños are small sticks of cheese wrapped in slightly sweet dough and fried to golden perfection. It wouldn’t be a party without them!
Ingredients
  • Dough - 2 cups (340 grams) of flour (whole wheat flour works too!)
  • ¼ cup (42.5 grams) of butter, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (3 grams) of salt
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) of water + (if necessary)
  • Filling - 8 ounces of Caribe Queso Blanco, or another cheese that can stand up to frying
  • Frying - Canola oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients for the dough.
  2. Knead for 10-15 minutes until smooth. (If using a stand mixer, mix on speed 2 (low speed) for 2 minutes followed by speed 3 (medium speed) 1 minute. Then, manually knead 1 minute or until smooth)
  3. Cut the dough in half and cover. Roll out one half of dough until very thin on a lightly floured surface.
  4. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut dough in strips roughly three times the size and twice the width of the cheese sticks. I recommend cutting the cheese sticks around 2 inches (5 cm) long and ½ inch (1 ½ cm) thick.
  5. Using one strip of dough, wrap the cheese diagonally, overlapping the dough. Fold over the edges and pinch to seal.
  6. Repeat this process with the remaining dough.
  7. Heat 1 inch (2 cm) of oil in a pan. Fry 3 tequeños at a time, flipping after 30 seconds, until crispy and golden on both sides (about 1-2 minutes)
  8. With a slotted spoon, remove tequeños and place on paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining batch until surrounded by a sea of tequeños.
  9. Let tequeños rest 3 minutes before serving. Any tequeños that were not fried can be frozen for about 4 months for your next fiesta!
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/tequenos-fried-venezuelan-cheese-sticks/