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Old 07-23-2009, 02:03 AM   #1
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Nicaraguan salty fried cheese

I went to Nicaragua last summer and we ate tons of fantastic food but one of the most delicious and unknown was a salty fried cheese.

It was about one and a half inches square and about a centimeter thick it was fried or cooked with a lot of oil it was salty and delicious and made of cheese.

The cheese wasn't stringy or melty like American cheese. What was it can I get a recipe and can anyone tell me what cheese it was? I suspect queso blanco or queso fresca as those were the two cheeses we saw in the stores.

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Old 07-23-2009, 07:48 AM   #2
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I wish I had the answer for you as that sounds delicious! Hopefully someone will come along soon with an answer.
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I'm going to guess it was Haloumi (or Halumi). Haloumi comes in a rectangle and can be grilled or sauteed (fried in oil) with no worries about melting into a puddle. It is salty and wonderful!

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Old 07-24-2009, 07:17 AM   #4
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I was going to say Haloumi too. or a local-style paneer. Haloumi is often associated with Middle Eastern cuisine and paneer with Indian.

Here haloumi is often served as part of a pre-dinner platter with chorizio, olives and other finger food.
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