17 gennaio 2013


This fried Venezuelan treat is basically a cheesy corn cake. They're a sure crowd pleaser for New Year's!

Wait, there's more! Read the blog post about this recipe.

30 minutes
30 minutes
12 Mandocas


  • 1 1/2 Cups Cornmeal
  • 1  Large Yellow Plantain
  • 8 Oz Queso Fresco
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Water


  1. 1Crumble the cheese into small pieces.
  2. 2Peel and boil the plantain for 10 minutes until tender.
  3. 3Place the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until combined.
  4. 4Knead into a dough.
  5. 5Bring oil to 350 degrees F.
  6. 6Roll dough into logs and bring together at ends to form a ribbon bow shape.
  7. 7Fry mandocas at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes until browned.

NYE Treat: Mandocas

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!

Boiling plantain
To make your plantain mashable, first boil it in some salted water for about 10 minutes.

Mandocas ingredients
Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor.

Traditional shape of mandoca
The traditional shape almost looks like a ribbon bow.

Rolling mandocas

A cut open mandoca
Crunchy on the outside, tender and cheesy on the inside.

Dipping mandoca in honey mustard
They almost look like pretzels, but the taste is pretty different – and delicious!

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