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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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Jul 13
Strawberries, peaches and panela cheese ☺️👍❤️
Jul 07
Start the wk off strong &delicious. How about a beautiful nopales salad w/panela cheese? #goodeating #whatsfordinner
Jun 28
Was inevitably tempted Pacific a breakfast!Smoked marlin in tortillas with chipotle sauce, grilled panela cheese
Jun 09
ART tasting menu "The Perfect 7" @Rick_Bayless @topolochicago random course Herb Marinated Panela Cheese amazing
May 31
Tonight: Enchiladas Fritas. Panela cheese and braised pork rolled into tortillas, fried and topped with tomato salsa
May 15
Tasting @AldacosDominion tonight; opens tomorrow to public. Panela cheese, grilled.
Apr 25
Mexico City breakfast: light egg white and Panela Cheese omelette, bathed in glistening gorgeous Pasilla Chile Sauce!
Apr 25
Toma!!! Con panela home made cheese straight from mex!!
Mar 28
New Rosario's opens Monday on San Pedro. Thumbs up for new dish - Panela cheese grilled and topped with 2 salsas.Yum!
Mar 18
Stepping in for queso Panela this week, Oaxacan cheese from Salazar featured in our vegetarian-Grandaddy stringcheese
Mar 16
Fideo Barroco. Layers of Capelli with panela cheese and Padilla pepper. Fried eggs on top; covered in green salsa.
Mar 15
Cheese and chorizo, #OhMy. Give us a (y) if you love our Cheese Panela.
Mar 06
Grilled Panela Cheese from @BatangaHouston Crispy Pig's Ears and Pork Ribs were delicious too (we ate them too fast).
Feb 02
Made some healthy pizza (spinach grilled chicken and panela cheese) 😋
Dec 07, 2013
Oven roasted tomatoes and Panela cheese with House pesto; Ribeye with grilled vegetables
Nov 30, 2013
My delicious Mexican torta made out of Thanksgiving turkey: Panela cheese, refried beans, avocado & tomato. #yummy
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