Almojábanas (Cheese Fritters)

Cheese Fritters (Almojábanas)

Cheese Fritters (Almojábanas)

These fritters are a popular snack in Puerto Rico.Penny de los Santos

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)
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.