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When You Have No Idea What to Do with All Your Queso De Bola, Make Cheese Bark

December 7, 2018

Is your dining room center piece slowly becoming a pile of cheese balls covered in red wax and matching cellophane? Does it bring you back to last year’s pile, that slowly began to sweat during the summer heat, still uneaten, until it eventually was too late? We’ve had our share of wasted Queso de Bola. And food is a terrible thing to waste.

We decided to toss in a bunch of flavors into the mix and create a bark using the queso de bola. It makes for a great center snack for your guests to nibble on, or a creative potluck treat for those on a budget. Unlike stretchy cheeses like mozzarella that melt and bubble when heated, queso de bola will, well, burn if you heat it up too hot or for too long. That’s why we rely on the egg to bind the pieces together, giving you a colorful bark that has a festive look.

Queso de Bola Bark

  • Serves: 6 people
  • Active time: 50 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Queso de Bola Bark

  • 1 ½ cups Queso De Bola, shredded
  • ¾ cup cashews, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. black sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp. white sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 2 egg whites, beaten

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare a sheet pan with a silicone mat. If not using, heavily oil sheet pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add all ingredients excluding the egg whites.
  4. Toss together until evenly combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until slightly foamy.
  6. Add egg whites to mixture and mix thoroughly.
  7. Add mixture onto prepared sheet pan and spread evenly to about 1/8 of an inch thick.
  8. Place in oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  10. Break apart into large pieces before serving.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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