Holiday leftovers: ‘Queso de bola’ sticks
Got leftover queso de bola from the holidays? Turn them into a delicious snack with just these simple steps.
Making Queso de Bola Sticks requires only three important ingredients: bread, butter and queso de bola. You can either use whole wheat or white bread. The butter can be salted or unsalted, depending on how salty you want the sticks to be. The cheese is grated and can be prepared ahead of time before baking.
“We don’t want the leftover queso de bola to go to waste. So, it’s best to incorporate the cheese in your favorite snack to still enjoy its goodness,” says chef Dorothy Ferreria.
There is a pleasant crunch and sweet-salty taste to every toasted stick. But if you want to up the taste, Ferreria suggests adding garlic or powdered herbs like basil, sage and oregano into the melted butter.
“These queso de bola sticks make for great nibbles,” says Ferreria, who holds private cooking, baking and cake decorating tutorials (tel. 9618682). “They’re also best served with coffee or tea, or as an accompaniment to creamy pasta.”
Queso de Bola Sticks
8 slices of loaf bread
¾ c butter, melted
¾ c grated queso de bola
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Preheat the oven to 300°F. Trim the crusts from the slices of loaf bread. Slice each piece into 4 “fingers.” Arrange in a cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Invert the bread and rebake for 5 minutes more.
Dip each piece briefly in butter. Brush each piece with butter as an alternative.
Roll in cheese and transfer to a cookie sheet.
Rebake for 15 minutes more or until toasted. Transfer to containers with tight-fitting covers.
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