Tequeños are a traditional Venezuelan delicacy that is enjoying increasing popularity around the world. These bite-sized treats are little fried or baked dumplings filled with cheese, and they're absolutely delicious! If you have a craving for tequeños but can't find them at a restaurant or grocery store, don't worry. You can easily make them at home with just a few ingredients and a little time. In this blog post, we show you how easy it is to make delicious tequeños yourself.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup queso blanco, crumbled
vegetable oil for frying
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Slowly add the warm water until a dough forms. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
After the dough has rested , roll out on a floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut the dough into small rectangles, about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide.
Place a small amount of crumbled queso blanco in the center of each rectangle. Fold the dough in half and seal the edges to create a crescent shape.
Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350°F. Carefully drop the tequeños into the hot oil and fry for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
Remove the tequeños from the oil and place on a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain off the excess oil.
Serve the tequeños warm with a dipping sauce of your choice, e.g. a sauce based on coriander or garlic.
Tips and tricks
If you don't have a deep fryer, you can also bake the tequeños in the oven at 350°F for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
If the dough is too dry, add warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough holds together.
If the dough is too sticky, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is smooth and elastic.
If you don't have a queso blanco, you can also use mozzarella cheese or another type of melty cheese.
You can also experiment with different fillings, e.g. B. with meat, vegetables or even chocolate.
Making tequeños at home is easy and fun, and the result is delicious! With a few simple ingredients and a little time, you can enjoy the traditional taste of Venezuela in the comfort of your own home. Whether you're throwing a party, hosting a family reunion, or just looking for a tasty snack, tequeños are sure to be a hit with everyone. So don't be afraid to try them out. You can make them as simple or as fancy as you like, the possibilities are endless. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)