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A Delicious Mexican Snack
Fried cheese, or queso frito, is a Mexican delicacy and perfect as an appetizer or afternoon snack, or even a breakfast treat. It is eaten not only in Mexico but is also popular in South American countries such as Columbia.
Not every cheese will work—you need a cheese that is slightly spongy, and a little bit crumbly. (Other cheeses will just melt in the oil and make a big mess.) One type of cheese to look for is literally called "frying cheese," or queso para frier. It is a fresh-tasting cheese that does not melt when exposed to high heat. You can also use queso asadero (grilling cheese), other Mexican cheeses, or halloumi, a Greek cheese.
Unlike a mozzarella stick, this dish is not deep fried—instead, the cheese is cut into sticks and pan-fried in a hot non-stick skillet.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Start With Fresh Cheese
To make this recipe, begin with a fresh Mexican cheese. If you can't find queso de freier, queso blanco and queso fresco will work well. Unwrap the cheese from its packaging and place it on a cutting board or plate.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Slice the Cheese
Since the cheese is fried in finger-like pieces, you need to cut the cheese twice. First, slice it lengthwise into about 1/2-inch sticks.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Slice the Cheese a Second Time
You want each piece to be easy to eat with your hands, so the cheese needs to be cut one more time. Cut the slices lengthwise again, to form evenly-sized sticks.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Fry the Cheese
Heat up a non-stick pan over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Place the cheese sticks, a few at a time, in the hot pan, making sure not to overcrowd. You will see the edges start to bubble, but the cheese will not melt.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Turn the Cheese
Once the underside is golden, using a spatula, turn the cheese to its next side. Continue to cook until brown, turning the pieces of cheese until all four of the sides of each cheese stick are brown.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Serve the Cheese
Remove the hot cheese from the pan to a paper towel to absorb any greasiness. Serve immediately (or within minutes) with your favorite salsa. Fried cheese is also delicious with fruit preserves.