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Queso Frito (fried cheese)

This recipe is a snap.

And it goes great with mangu (boiled and mashed plantains).  Check out the recipe here!

You’ll need:

  • Queso de Freir (it is a white cheese, a bit more crumbly and salty than mozzarella)
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • Oil for frying
queso de freir
You can buy the cheese at any grocer that serves a Latino population (I bought this package at Costco, go figure.)

 

Cut the cheese into fat slices (about 12 slices per 18 oz package).  Individually place each slice in bowl of flour.  They don’t need to be completely covered- just a dusting.  Heat 1/4 cup of canola oil in frying pan on high heat.  Place cheese slices in pan (oil should bubble just a bit).  Cook until browned on both sides.

 

queso frito
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Mangu Recipe

This is a traditional dish from the Dominican Republic.  I first tried it during college while visiting my dear friend Mirta’s Dominican family.  It is often served with fried eggs, salami and/or fried cheese.  This vegan option is delicious and really easy.

You’ll need:platanos, red onion, evoo

  • 4-6 green plantains (not ripe)
  • a little more than 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar
  • water for boiling  (2 cups reserved from cooked plantains)

Non-vegan options: Use butter instead of olive oil.  Or add 1/2 cup grated cheese (Gouda or Sharp Cheddar)

Start with 4-6 plantains (depending on how many you are serving- 1 platano per person is my guess)

Cut and peel the plantains.  Chop ends, make a slice lengthwise, use thumb to separate thick skin from fruit.

Cut plantains into chunks, place in large pot, cover with water and bring to boil.  Once water starts to boil, plantains should be done within 10 minutes.  (You’ll know when they change a deeper yellow color and you can easily insert a fork into a piece.)

raw platanos
before
after

While you are waiting for plantains to boil.  Slice one red onion.  Saute in skillet in 1/4 cup olive oil.  Once onions start to become translucent add vinegar, stir, let simmer for a couple more minutes and remove from heat.

cutting red onion

Once plantains are done. Remove cooked plantains from water (save 2 cups of the water to add while mashing).

mashing platanos

Mash cooked plantains.  Gradually add  water, 1/3 cup olive oil and salt.  Continue mashing and mixing until smooth (some lumps are okay- the plantains will stiffen as they cool).  Top with  sauteed onions and serve immediately.

Mangu with onions

Note:  So, since I was reminiscing about when I first had mangu at Don~a Fabia’s house I HAD to make queso frito to go with it. Oh yes I did make fried cheese… and it wasn’t organic… and it wasn’t vegan… and it was delicious.  Will I be making it again any time soon? No.  But in case you want to try it here is the link:  queso frito