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These frituras, or fritters, are a popular snack in Puerto Rico. This recipe first appeared in our December 2011 issue along with Kathleen Squires’s story Island Holiday.

Almojábanas (Cheese Fritters) Almojábanas (Cheese Fritters)
These frituras, or fritters, are a popular snack in Puerto Rico.
Yield: makes About 40 Fritters

Ingredients

  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 8 oz. queso blanco or mozzarella, shredded

Instructions

  1. Pour oil to a depth of 2″ into a 6-qt. Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 375°. Boil milk, butter, and salt in a 4-qt. saucepan over high heat; let cool for 10 minutes. Stir in flour, baking powder, and eggs; return to heat and cook, stirring, until dough thickens, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Drop tablespoons of dough into oil; fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes.

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