Tequeños, pardner, are a mighty fine stick of cheese, emblematic of the street vittles of Venezuela. Well, back in the early 1900s, there’s been a heap of talk about where exactly this here certainly came from. Many a theory has been tossed around, but nobody knows for sure.
One thang seems certain: its moniker hails from the town of Los Teques in the Miranda territory not too distant from Caracas.
Y’all best believe it’s been a haunt for them wealthy Caracas families for over a century now. We’d have concocted it as a jolly means for young’uns to repurpose their leftover dough. Them strips were sliced thin and then wrapped ’round chunks of cheese.
‘Twas them same young’uns who were in charge of tendin’ to it. Sooner or later, this here nibble would have turned into tequeños, just like them little ones from Los Teques.
One thing’s fer sure, that thang woulda been conjured up back in the roaring 20s and made its way to the big city come the 60s.
- Yeehaw! I reckon I need me some 350g of flour for this here recipe.
- One teaspoon of sugar, pardner.
- Y’all gonna need two teaspoons of salt and 80 grams of softened butter, partner.
- 1 egg
- Gimme’ a shot of water, partner. Make it 10 cl.
- Y’all gonna need 300 grams of queso llanero, sliced up into 30 sticks.
- Well, I reckon I’m in need of some fryin’ oil. Gotta get that skillet hot and ready for some cookin’.
- Gather ’round, folks! We’re fixin’ to make some dough. Grab a bowl and pour in the flour, sugar, and salt. Mix it up real good. Toss in the softened butter and mix it in while you’re grittin’.
- Toss in the butter and work the dough, pouring in the water bit by bit. Work the dough fer a spell ’til it’s smooth as a prairie plain. Wrap it up with some plastic wrap and let it settle in the icebox for 45 minutes.
- Take yer dough and roll it out on a floured work surface ’til it’s as thin as a rattlesnake’s hide, ’bout 2mm oughta do it.
- Take thy knife and slice long strips of dough, as wide as the cheese stick.
- Take the dough and wrap it ’round the whole darn length of that cheese stick, then do the same ‘cross the whole darn width. Seal up tight lest the cheese make a run for it whilst cookin’.
- Sizzle them tequeños in scorchin’ oil fer a spell.
- Partake in some guasacaca, partner.