This fried Venezuelan treat is basically a cheesy corn cake. They're a sure crowd pleaser for New Year's!
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- 1 1/2 Cups Cornmeal
- 1 Large Yellow Plantain
- 8 Oz Queso Fresco
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Hot Water
- 1Crumble the cheese into small pieces.
- 2Peel and boil the plantain for 10 minutes until tender.
- 3Place the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until combined.
- 4Knead into a dough.
- 5Bring oil to 350 degrees F.
- 6Roll dough into logs and bring together at ends to form a ribbon bow shape.
- 7Fry mandocas at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes until browned.
This South American snack almost tastes like the cornbread coating of a corndog.But Mandocas also have a nice sweetness from the plantain and that salty gooeyness that melted cheese always brings to the table.
They’re a fun twist on a mozzarella stick or onion ring that your New Year’s guests would be happy to indulge in. Dip them in a nice honey mustard for a fun and unique snack they won’t soon forget!
To make your plantain mashable, first boil it in some salted water for about 10 minutes.
Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor.
The traditional shape almost looks like a ribbon bow.
Crunchy on the outside, tender and cheesy on the inside.
They almost look like pretzels, but the taste is pretty different – and delicious!