Fried Cheese Cubes with Dipping Sauces
Queso de Freír is a fresh, white cheese with a firm texture that doesn’t melt when heated and maintains its properties when fried. It’s a favorite in the Caribbean, especially in the Dominican Republic. It is traditionally consumed as a part of the quintessential Dominican breakfast, called Tres Golpes, which consists of fried cheese, salami, and mangú (mashed boiled green plantains), and is usually served with eggs. When fried, Tropical Queso de Freír turns golden and crispy on the outside and soft and tasty on the inside.
Try this sweet recipe idea to serve Tropical Queso de Freír at your next party. The salty and crispy Queso de Freír combined with the sweet and smooth fruit sauces make this a delicious appetizer, snack, or even a dessert. The fried cheese cubes are the ideal bite size, ready to dip in the sauces. We suggest guava, pineapple, and mango dipping sauces, but you can use your favorite fruits.
Ingredients (For the dipping sauces):
- 1 cup of guava paste
- 1/4 cup of pineapple juice
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 cup of pineapple preserves
- 1 tablespoon of jalapeño pepper
- Prepare dipping sauces (below). Set aside.
- Cut Queso de Freir into 1-inch cubes. In deep saucepan over medium-high heat, heat 1-inch vegetable oil. Fry cheese cubes, a few at a time until browned on all sides, about 20 seconds. With slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. Serve with warm dipping sauces, below.
- GUAVA DIPPING SAUCE: In small saucepan over medium heat, cook 1 cup guava paste, ¼ cup pineapple juice and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon whisking until well blended and smooth.
- PINEAPPLE DIPPING SAUCE: In small saucepan over medium heat, cook 1 cup pineapple preserves and 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper until well blended and smooth, stirring constantly.
- MANGO DIPPING SAUCE: In small saucepan over medium-heat, cook 1 cup mango preserves until well blended and smooth.