Quesillo

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Quesillo (Spanish pronunciation: [keˈsiʎo], meaning "little cheese") refers to different Latin American and Spanish foods or dishes depending on the country:

Argentina[edit]

Quesillo from Salta, Argentina

Argentine Quesillo is a notable produce of the Calchaquíes and Lerma valleys. It dates back to the Spanish conquest when European customs and traditional Creole recipes were combined. Made by hand with cow's milk or goat through a process known as "filado" or spinning responsible for granting the product its particular and distinctive characteristics.

Chile and Bolivia[edit]

In Chile and Bolivia, Quesillo refers to a type of small fresh cheese. It is a popular farm cheese of the Cochabamba valley; and is usually made from raw cow milk, pepsin and acid coagulation, a maize size curd, and a dry-salted, hand-formed, palm-size mold. After resting for two or three hours it has a crumbly consistency and is ready to eat.

Canary Islands (Spain)[edit]

In the Canary Islands of Spain, Quesillo refers to a dessert that is a type of flan made with whole eggs and sweetened condensed milk, which makes for a firmer texture than traditional flan. The Canary or Spanish Quesillo is somewhat similar to the Venezuelan Quesillo (read below) in that both are desserts.

Colombia[edit]

In Colombia, Quesillo refers to a type of double cream cheese wrapped within a plantain leaf, made originally in the Tolima Department; the town of Guamo is most known for this dairy product. It is made commercially in dairy regions such as Bogotá, Ubaté and other regions of Cundinamarca and Antioquia. Famous brands of Colombian quesillo include Pasco and Colanta.

Dominican Republic[edit]

In the Dominican Republic, Quesillo refers to dessert. Recipes vary slightly, but the dish is basically Flan made out of eggs and sweetened milk.

Mexico[edit]

In Mexico, Quesillo refers to a very popular type of string cheese sold in balls of various sizes. It is also known as "Queso Oaxaca" or Oaxacan cheese.

Nicaragua[edit]

Quesillo de Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, Quesillo refers to a dish typically made from a thick corn tortilla wrapped around soft cheese, pickled onions, and a sauce of sour cream or liquid cheese and vinegar.[1] They are often sold on roadsides as a quick snack. The most famous Quesillos stands are located on the highway between León and Managua.[2]

A popular pun of this locale is to alter the phrase "claro que si", meaning "of course", into "claro Quesillos". Because of their runny contents, Quesillos are usually confined by a thin plastic sheath. Often the plastic bag is tied off, a small corner is bitten off, and the quesillo is squeezed out of a small hole in the corner.

Peru[edit]

In Peru, Quesillo refers to small patties of fresh cheese. The cheese is typically made by small home producers and sold by women on streets and in markets and small shops. This form of cheese is particularly common in Andean regions where it is used in stews and soups.

Venezuela[edit]

Venezuelan Quesillo

In Venezuela, the term Quesillo refers to a type of dessert made with eggs, condensed milk, and caramel. The Venezuelan Quesillo is similar to the French-Spanish pastry well known in the West, Crème Caramel.

It is sweet and jelly-like, with a distinctive taste (not entirely like Crème Caramel).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cancún to Cayenne travel diary". Stephen J. Retrieved 2008-05-14. [dead link]
  2. ^ "León". ViaNica. Retrieved 2008-05-14.