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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Queso Frito - Fried Cheese

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Another delightful book that I received recently was 'Tapas and Other Spanish Plates to Share'. Gorgeous photos accompanying every recipe, this book is a must for tapas lovers. Traditional little Spanish nibbles, tapas have become extremely popular due to their variety and versatility. Not only can you serve them with pre-dinner drinks, they also make a great starter or lunch.

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In the book you will find recipes for all the classic Spanish tapas, including Patatas Bravas (potatoes in tomato sauce), Tortilla Española (Spanish omlette), Albóndigas (meatballs in tomato sauce) and Gambas Al Ajillo (garlic prawns). The chapters are divided into meat and poultry, fish and seafood, vegetables, and there is a great section with cheese and egg recipes. In fact, there is something for everyone and many of the recipes are straightforward and easy to make. Quite a few of the dishes can be prepared ahead of time, making entertaining more enjoyable.

One of the recipes I chose to make was 'Queso Frito' (fried cheese). The cheese used in this recipe was Manchego cheese, which is made in the La Mancha region of Spain, from sheep's milk. It is a really firm cheese and pale ivory yellow in colour, making it perfect for cooking.

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Queseo Frito (Fried Cheese)
Recipe by Linda Tubby from Tapas and Other Spanish Plates to Share, Ryland Peters & Small.
The recipe suggests serving the fried cheese with membrillo, which is a quince paste, but I used a smoked chilli jelly from Belazu, which complemented the cheese very well.

275-300g Manchego cheese
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 egg, beaten
150g lightly dried fine fresh white breadcrumbs
150ml olive oil
a pinch of oak-smoked sweet Spanish paprika

Cut the rind off the Manchego cheese and cut it into 1cm wedges.

Using three small plates or bowls, put the flour in one, the egg in another and the breadcrumbs in the last one.

Dip the wedges of cheese into the flour, then the beaten egg, and lastly the breadcrumbs. Place on a plate while you heat the oil.

Heat half of the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the cheese wedges in a single layer in batches until crisp and golden - about 45 seconds to a minute on each side. Drain on kitchen paper.

Wipe the pan out of any burnt breadcrumbs and fry the remaining wedges in the same way, using the rest of the olive oil.

Sprinkle with the paprika and serve hot.

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The book can be bought directly from Ryland Peters & Small, or from Amazon.

tapas book cover

Tapas and Other Spanish Plates to Share

£14.99 / Hardback, 144 pages
Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small
October 2010
ISBN 13: 9781849750554

With thanks to Sarah at Ryland Peters & Small

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Peter M said...

Fried cheese is so simple yet it's one of the tastiest!

Shaheen said...

I've seen this cheese many times and have wanted to try it. I now have an excellent recipe to try. Thanks Nic.

Chele said...

Originally I thought I was going to have to keep this post a secret from my Husband, otherwise he'll be asking me to make it for him everyday! But it looks and sounds so good that I think I will be more than happy to make these everyday lol

Unknown said...

oh my god.... heavenly again! although i don't image it'll do much for my diet this week... oh heck, who am I kidding, where's the frying pan?

Johanna GGG said...

I've never tried manchego but saw it at the market recently - must try it - this looks an excellent way to eat it

Fitness Foodie said...

I love hosting tapas parties. Fried cheese would surely be a hit. Looks great.

Anne said...

I was salivating just at the words fried cheese, yet alone the mouthwatering pictures! Drool!

I have a feeling I should make these when no one else is home and gorge myself silly!

Unknown said...

Though not a fan of fried cheese this look super yum!

grace said...

of all the things to fry, cheese is just one of the most awesome. that's all there is to it. yum.

Choclette said...

Manchego is most delicious, but I've never tried it fried. I'm sure I'd love it - it just sounds so decedent.

nic@nipitinthebud said...

wow that looks so drool inducing! I have quince membrillo in the fridge feeling all forlorn for having no partner to dance with around a plate. I do love a little fried smackeral of something :o)

Amber said...

Good lord, yes I love God, but oh my...fried cheese? Be still my heart. I think I could live off dairy and carbs.

Unknown said...


That's yummmy...simple and healthy...:)


Jan said...

I need this book! Love fried cheese and with the smoked chilli jelly = double yum!

Gourmet Getaway said...

Ohhh this will be my husbands favourite dish ever!!! Fried cheese OMG!!! It looks delicious :)

Margot said...

Hi Nic,

Love it, love it! I hope that you don't mind but I featured your recipe as an article of the week (just a thumb and link to your site).

Have a wonderful week, Margot

Nic said...

Thanks all!

Margot - that is fine, thank you!