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Author Notes: I recently moved into a new place and my landlady lives upstairs. She makes these buñelos on a regular basis and I am always standing in the kitchen when she makes them, trying to look pitifully hungry. They are considered a Christmas treat but I understand why she makes them more often. They should be made with Costeño cheese (Queso Costeño), which I haven't found in my area (yet). Hence the feta and farmer cheese I found the recipe online (mycolombianrecipes.com) and will be making them myself. They are very addictive. —EAStovall
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons yucca flour or tapioca starch
- 1 cup finely grated feta cheese
- 1/4 cup finely grated queso fresco or fresh farmer cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well using our hands until you have a soft dough.
- Form small balls using your hands.
- In a deep pot, heat vegetable oil to 300 degrees F (warm not very hot). Carefully drop the balls in the warm oil. Fry until golden brown - about 5 to 7 minutes. Flip them if they don't flip themselves. You don't want the oil too hot - they will blow up.
- Remove from the oil and drain in a bowl lined with paper towels.
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