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February 09, 2021

They are a regional variety of the famous cheese fingers. which is a culinary preparation that originates in the Middle East and consists of a dough usually made of wheat flour filled with cheese and that can be served alone or accompanied by a sauce or dip.

 

In Venezuelan food, this snack would fall into the category of "pasapalo" since generally at parties it is consumed between alcoholic beverages which are called "palos".

 

What are Tequenos made of?

The traditional Venezuelan tequenos are composed of a dough of wheat flour, egg, butter, water or milk, and some people add sugar to give it a special touch.

 

Where are Venezuelan Tequenos from?

In Venezuela, specifically in the state of Miranda, there is an area called "Los Teques", located in the state of Miranda; From where it is presumed the tequenos originate and for this reason, this snack shares the name of the inhabitants of this area.

 

They can be prepared in different sizes and the largest is called tequenon. This appetizer is so popular that it is eaten at parties, breakfasts, snacks, schools, even cinemas and of course they are the most desired at any Venezuelan wedding.

 

Variations

Due to the popularity of these exquisite preparations, multiple variations of their preparation have come out, for example, stuffed with ham, ham with cheese, chocolate, guayaba with cheese, even Nutella.

And not only variations in the filling but also in the dough with whole wheat flour, puff pastry or banana flour. and even in the cooked, since the traditional ones are fried, but they also make them baked or in an air frier for those who want to consume them in a healthier way.

 

Where can I buy it?

You can find them in our store in the “pasapalo” section. But if you want to enter the adventure of its preparation, we leave you the recipe below:

 

RECIPE

Ingredients:

For 6 people

 

  • To make the dough
  • 2 and ½ cups wheat flour (300 grams)
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup of water (80 milliliters)
  • ¼ cup of butter (60 grams)
  • 1 tsp of salt (5 grams)
  • Oil for frying

 

For the filling will be used:

  • 250 grams of cheese (preferably gouda cheese)

 

Instructions

  1. To prepare the dough. Put the flour in a bowl. Make a hole in the middle and add an egg, water, salt, and butter. Mix with the help of a spatula and then with your hands until all the ingredients are integrated.
  2. Knead on a table for 5 minutes, the dough should be smooth. Roll into a ball.
  3. Let the dough rest in a bowl covered with a cloth for 20 minutes.
  4. Cut the cheese into strips of about 2 inches.
  5. Cut the dough. Cut it into equal triangles first. Put flour on a table and roll it out, first with your hands, and then with a rolling pin. Stretch the dough well with the rolling pin and cut one-centimeter-thick strips.
  6. Wrap the cheese with the dough strips. Close the ends of the dough tightly so that nothing comes out. Leave them on a tray with a little flour so that they don't stick.
  7. Cook the tequeños. Place a quantity of oil to fry in a frying pan over the fire. Add the tequeños when the oil is hot. Fry them, moving them from time so that they are golden brown on all sides.
  8. Remove them to a plate with absorbent paper.