|Alternative names||Deditos De Queso|
|Place of origin||Venezuela, Colombia|
|Main ingredients||Bread dough, masa de harina de trigo, queso blanco|
|Cookbook: Tequeño Media: Tequeño|
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Tequeño, is a fried breaded cheese stick or a spear of bread dough with queso blanco (white cheese) in the middle, popular meal in Venezuela. It is formed into a breadstick and then usually fried in oil for 6 minutes at 400 °F (204 °C). Sometimes tequeños are oven-baked instead of fried. Tequeños can be eaten for breakfast, served as a starter or side, or eaten as a snack food at parties and weddings. Tequeños are popular in most Latin American countries (especially Venezuela) and can be bought in most grocery stores.
There are tequeños of various sizes and with other fillings than cheese such as bocadillo (guayaba candy) typical in Venezuela, Colombia and Panamá. In Venezuela the tequeños have evolved even more and now it is possible to taste them with chocolate in the middle, among other flavors or made of platano or cassava instead of wheat flour.
Tequeños originate in Venezuela. There are many theories and legends about the origin of the name Tequeño, one of which is that they were named after Los Teques after being invented in the kitchen of one of the wealthy families living there. Another theory says that they originated in the capital city of Venezuela, Caracas, during the nineteenth century.
Many different recipes for tequeños can be found online. Tequeños can be made with different varieties of cheese, although salty white cheeses are the most popular. Tequeños have become very popular in Latin America because of how easy they are to make.
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