Tequeños – fabulous Venezuelan irresistible bites of heaven

Recipe by Aly from Big Latin Flavours. Follow on Facebook and Instagram.

Tequeños are sticks of white cheese wrapped with a crunchy and slightly sweet dough and fried to golden perfection.  In Venezuela they say “A party without Tequeños is NOT a party”.

Ingredients 

500g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ cup water

½ cup milk

½ cup oil

1/2 tsp sugar

pinch of salt

2 packets Summer Land Camels Haloumi 180g each

1 ½ cup vegetable oil for frying

NOTE: I made 12 cheese sticks

Method 

1-Cut the Camel Milk Haloumi into pieces 1,5 x 6cm and reserve in the fridge.

2- Place the flour, salt and baking power into a bowl of stand mixer with the hood attachment. Mix to combine, about 1 min.

3- Add water, oil, milk and sugar and Knead the dough for 5 minutes or until dough is smooth.

4- Place dough in a lightly floured surface, knead with your hands until the dough is smooth and elastic about 2- 3 minutes.

5- Roll out into rectangle shape 22×22 cm  and 4 ml thick.

6-Using a knife cut the dough into 2cm x 22cm strips lengthwise.

7- Take one strip of dough and cover the cheese from the top to the end. Continue to wrap dough around the cheese in a spiral fashion, overlapping the edges.

8-Heat oil over medium heat and fry the Tequeños, turning them all sides are golden brown. 9-Remove Tequeños to a plate lined with paper towels. Let cool for 1 minutes and serve immediately with the sauce of your preference.

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