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Panela

Queso Panela, also called queso canasta or queso de la canasta (basket cheese), is a Mexican cottage cheese made from pasteurized cow’s milk. This white, fresh and smooth cheese is similar to Indian paneer.

Panela has a soft and creamy texture and a delicious fresh milk flavor. When heated it will soften but not melt or lose its shape. Also, the cheese absorbs flavors easily and at times is sold covered with garlic or pepper paste. It will turn a golden brown when seared as well as crumble easily on appetizers such as quesadillas.

Panela tastes excellent on its own as a fried cheese but is served most often as part of appetizer dishes such as nopal salads or quesadillas.

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Mar 18
Stepping in for queso Panela this week, Oaxacan cheese from Salazar featured in our vegetarian-Grandaddy stringcheese pic.twitter.com/01E4jFfmQu
Mar 06
Grilled Panela Cheese from @BatangaHouston Crispy Pig's Ears and Pork Ribs were delicious too (we ate them too fast). pic.twitter.com/tI7kyxNaEB
Feb 02
Made some healthy pizza (spinach grilled chicken and panela cheese) 😋 pic.twitter.com/64PqwdSUBL
Dec 07, 2013
Oven roasted tomatoes and Panela cheese with House pesto; Ribeye with grilled vegetables pic.twitter.com/LwvzAXjKn6
Nov 30, 2013
My delicious Mexican torta made out of Thanksgiving turkey: Panela cheese, refried beans, avocado & tomato. #yummy pic.twitter.com/KkaJ8Tyr0j
Oct 05, 2013
Grilled tequila lime panela cheese with tomato relish at Iron Barley #STL pic.twitter.com/9nUcVYkkuW
Sep 28, 2013
The best organic greens ever, with a Panela cheese a la plancha and cilantro pesto pic.twitter.com/n63pRegRNU
Sep 27, 2013
We love @CaciqueUSA's Panela cheese! A crumbly curd style, all-natural fresh cheese. How do you enjoy Panela? pic.twitter.com/nHNYG47PEA
Sep 27, 2013
Tacos de panela topped with more cheese! Oh the goodness! 😄😁 #FatTweet pic.twitter.com/26eSZjXqZb
Sep 07, 2013
Chilaquiles time! Green chilaquiles, fried eggs, panela cheese. #cookingwithJuanito #food pic.twitter.com/ZBEyKCqYPj
Aug 08, 2013
Fried Mexican Panela cheese from @ElGatoNegroNOLA ... served with fresh tomatillo salsa and homemade chorizo: pic.twitter.com/SGXFLV2PLy
Jul 24, 2013
Fried, local panela cheese with heirloom tomatoes, roasted zucchini, basil, aged sherry vinegar pic.twitter.com/9L7xJbnFSP
Jul 10, 2013
Three cheese enchiladas ... bubbling over with Panela cheese, queso fresco and queso Chihuahua: pic.twitter.com/0QbTc1xaws
Jul 05, 2013
In this house, it's always #SaladSunday // Lettuce, avocado, cucumber, almonds & panela cheese. #food #yum pic.twitter.com/lFqEwwWsCg
Jun 26, 2013
Fried Mexican Panela Cheese … served on a bed of fresh, house-made tomatilla salsa and topped with savory chorizo! pic.twitter.com/6dE6N224f7
Jun 11, 2013
Dinner: fusilli pasta, tomatoes, purple basi, TONS of garlic & fresh Panela cheese pic.twitter.com/Q0Bb6Mjeno
May 09, 2013
@Gamiliell Panela cheese with Epazote, a healthy vegan morning taco !! yes, some evoo & pumpkin flowers to go with 2 pic.twitter.com/Y0hX8jHpqx
 
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