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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
tablespoons yucca flour or tapioca starch
cup finely grated feta cheese
cup finely grated queso fresco or fresh farmer cheese
- 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.