If you can’t tell from my previous posts, I have a thing for combining salty with sweet. It was only recently that I was introduced to the classic Cuban combination of guava and cheese, a delicious marriage of white, creamy cheese and sweet, sticky guava paste, typically found tucked away in the buttery folds of flaky pastries.
While I was in Los Angeles last month, my friends Stephanie and Ashley brought me to
So you might be thinking, how do I try this if I’m nowhere near a Cuban bakery? Although this is not nearly comparable to eating a Guava and Cheese Strudel from Porto’s, Tristan introduced to me a snack with the same flavors, which you can easily assemble at home in two quick steps. All you need is a can of guava paste, which usually comes in a disc-like can, and a hunk of queso fresca, slice them into sushi-sized pieces and place one on top of the other–the guava paste is a little sticky, so try using the queso fresca piece on the bottom as the base. This duo can also be topped on a cracker, as a party snack or appetizer. For the more adventurous, simulate a strudel and make a guava and cheese sandwich using a croissant. In theory, the guava, cheese, and croissant should emulate the flavors of the strudel, but I have yet to try this myself.
Find guava paste and queso fresco at your local Latino supermarket / grocery store.
For more ideas on how to use guava paste, here’s an interesting article:
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