A semi-soft Basket Cheese
Originating in Mexico, Queso Panela is a favorite due to its mild taste, firm and creamy texture and freshness. It’s also called “queso de canasta”, which means “basket cheese.” It goes well with many foods because it absorbs other flavors easily. Among its properties, it can be easily cut but not crumbled, and it doesn’t melt when heated, it only becomes softer.
Its properties make Panela Cheese very versatile.
It’s often eaten by itself or with other ingredients as a snack or an appetizer or cut up in a salad. It is also often sliced thick for sandwiches and “tortas” or for making pan-seared cheese.
Because it doesn’t melt, Tropical Queso Panela is featured in Mexican traditional hot dishes like soups, vegetables, enchiladas and tacos.
It’s found in many places as a thick slice pan-seared served over a nopal or cactus. It’s well known that it makes meals a bit lighter because it has a lower fat content and high protein.
Some believe that the name comes from the basket of bread (pan in Spanish) that they used to mold the cheeses in Europe. Others think that it’s because of the resemblance to piloncillo, an unrefined whole cane sugar commonly known as panela in some countries of Latin America. Panela in Colombia refers to the sweet piloncillo, not the cheese. Only in Mexico, “panela” is only used to refer to the cheese.
You can substitute other Tropical cheeses with these considerations:
|12 servings per container|
|Serving Size||1oz (28g)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Saturated Fat 2.5g||13%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 2g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Incl. 0g Added Sugars||0%|
|The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|