Fried Panko-coated Cheese with Classic Salsa Verde

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  • 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


  1. 1. Coat cheese in flour, shaking off excess, then in beaten egg, then in panko; set on a plate.
  2. 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. 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.
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