El Venadito Cheese

El Venadito Cheese

I was approached by Specialty Cheese Company and asked if I would like to taste test El Venadito (hispanic cheeses.) Ummm… Free cheese? Yes please! If you haven’t realized before, I love cheese. At any given time, we have no less than 3 types of cheese in our refrigerator. It is a nightly snack in my house and now I’ve added a fourth must have cheese. Specialty Cheese Company sent three types of El Venadito cheeses, two different Queso Blanco’s (one low sodium) and a Queso Para Frier. All three were tasty, but I really loved the flavor of the low sodium Queso Blanco. It had a great flavor and texture and fried up lovely. Plus it didn’t taste low sodium! Texture wise, my favorite was the Para Frier… it almost had a haloumi texture… kinda squeaky when you chewed it. According to Specialty Cheese Company, you can find El Venadito cheeses at Publix, Sedano’s and Winn Dixie in Miami. I was very happy to see that the Publix where I shop in Ft Lauderdale carried it!

If you think that I’ve battered and deep fried cheese, you’re wrong. This delicious and firm cheese is pan fried on a DRY pan. No oil or fat added. It is delicious. It browns gorgeously and gets just a little soft… It has a great bite and get’s very chewy. I served it several different ways… with a salad, with freshly baked bread and olive oil and standing in front of the stove while cooking more… lol! Either way is fabulous!

Pan Fried Fresh Cheese Recipe

4 oz fresh cheese (Queso Blanco or Para Frier)

1. Slice the cheese into 1/4 inch pieces. Preheat a non-stick saute pan over medium high heat. Place the cheese on the saute pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until brown. Gently turn the cheese and cook other side. Serve as desired…