Fried Cheese Balls With Guava Dipping Sauce

Fried Cheese Balls With Guava Dipping Sauce

The Spruce / Bahareh Niati

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Chill: 30 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 22 to 24 balls
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
547 Calories
40g Fat
31g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 547
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 281mg 22%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 118mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Latin cuisine features many different kinds of cheeses, blending European and American influences in a unique way. Add a little guava dipping sauce to some good cheese and you've got a Latin gem. 

We love to make this recipe for savory fried cheese balls—bolitas de queso—when we're throwing a party. The tangy sweetness of the guava pairs nicely with the savory cheese. It's the perfect party fritter, appetizer or finger food. The cheeses—Gouda or Edam work best—may hail from other regions, but the end result is quintessentially Latin American. 

"Cheese will always win for a party appetizer. These cheese balls make the perfect addition to any bite-sized spread. The tang and sweetness of the guava sauce takes things to the next level." —Renae Wilson

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Ingredients

For the Cheese Balls:

  • 1/2 pound Gouda cheese, or Edam, shredded

  • 2 large egg whites

  • 1 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the Guava Dipping Sauce:

  • 4 ounces/4 tablespoons guava paste

  • 2 2/3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 1/4 cup water

Steps to Make It

Prepare the Cheeseball Dough

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Fried Cheese Balls With Guava Dipping Sauce ingredients

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  2. Place the shredded cheese, 3 tablespoons flour, and egg whites into a mixing bowl.

    Place the shredded cheese, flour, and egg white into a mixing bowl

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  3. Knead the ingredients together by hand to form a firm dough. 

    Knead the ingredients together by hand to form a firm dough

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  4. Place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This will firm it so the balls hold together when you form them.

    Place the dough in a bowl

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Prepare the Guava Dipping Sauce

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Guava Dipping Sauce

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  2. Combine the guava paste, vinegar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.

    Combine the guava paste, vinegar and water in a saucepan

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  3. Use a whisk to smooth out the paste into a creamy sauce. This will take a few minutes. Keep whisking or it will burn.

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  4. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool. 

    guava dipping sauce in a saucepan

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Fry the Dough

  1. Break off chunks of the cheese dough (about a tablespoon per ball) and use the palms of your hands to form them into balls of uniform size. 

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  2. Heat the oil to 350 F in a deep fryer or fill a heavy bottomed pot with approximately 2 inches of oil. 

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  3. Lightly dredge the balls in the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour and shake off the excess. Fry them, in batches, in the hot oil until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.

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  4. Remove the cheese balls from the oil and allow them to drain on paper towels before serving. 

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  5. Serve the cheese balls with the guava dipping sauce on the side. 

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Tips

  • Although mixing the dough by hand is ideal, you can use a stand mixer to make lighter work of it.
  • If you don't have a deep fryer, you can use a large heavy frying pan, ideally cast iron. Use about an inch of oil and turn the balls periodically for even cooking.
  • The temperature of the oil is important. If you don't have a deep fryer with temperature control, use a candy thermometer or a deep-fry thermometer to test the temperature of the oil before you place the cheese balls into it. 

Recipe Variation

  • Feel free to add spices of your choice or a little cayenne or red pepper to the cheese balls for an added zing.