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Fried Panko-coated Cheese with Classic Salsa Verde



  • Queso fresco casero* or cold jack cheese, cut into wedges about 1 1/2-in. wide and 2 in. long
  • Flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • Vegetable oil for shallow frying
  • Classic Salsa Verde, at room temperature
  • Chopped cilantro

How to Make It

  1. Coat cheese in flour, shaking off excess, then in beaten egg, then in panko; set on a plate.

  2. Heat 1/2 in. oil in a small frying pan over high heat. Working quickly, sauté a few cheese wedges at a time until golden, turning once if needed, 15 to 45 seconds.

  3. Drain cheese on paper towels, then quickly transfer to warm plates. Top with generous spoonfuls of salsa and a sprinkling of cilantro.

  4. *Buy at Mexican markets.