What cheese to use?

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hawkeyejohn
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What cheese to use? - Wed, 09/17/03 12:42 PM
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What is the best cheese to use with quesidillas? Mexican preferably.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Wed, 09/17/03 12:51 PM
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Originally posted by hawkeyejohn

What is the best cheese to use with quesidillas? Mexican preferably.


Queso oaxaca:
Also known as quesillo, this is by far the most popular cheese for making quesadillas. It is a stretched curd cheese, kneaded and wound into balls. It should be pulled apart into thin strings before using to fill tortillas or melted on cooked food. Mozzarella or string cheese can be used in its place

Queso jalapeño:
A smooth, soft white cow's milk cheese with bits of jalapeño chile in it, this cheese is served as a snack or used to make quesadillas.

And if you can't find those cheeses, try Monterey jack.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Wed, 09/17/03 4:04 PM
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I usually use queso blanco, myself, or pepper jack if I'm in a less trad mood.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Fri, 09/19/03 2:19 AM
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I second quesillo. I get it in a round package like a bologna package, and you just have to peel off a slice. I like to put a slice between two taco-size corn tortillas, add some salsa (especially peach salsa) and fry in oil. Yum!

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RE: What cheese to use? - Fri, 09/19/03 8:58 AM
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Also, your basic Queso chihuahua works well in quesadillas.

I often make quesadillas out of left over chicken (bbq works especially well) and have found over the years that you don't really need mexican cheese to make a great product. Usually, whatever you have lying around works well in the mexican version of a grilled cheese sandwhich.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Fri, 09/19/03 5:33 PM
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In Central New York we're pretty much limited to jack cheese.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Sun, 11/9/03 9:38 AM
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All the above sounded fancy to me! ha ha.. I usually just stick to Sharp Cheddar... (Most restraunts around here use Mild Colby though).

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RE: What cheese to use? - Sun, 11/9/03 4:49 PM
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Originally posted by UncleVic

All the above sounded fancy to me! ha ha.. I usually just stick to Sharp Cheddar... (Most restraunts around here use Mild Colby though).

Don't you find that cheddar seperates into oily pools when you try to melt it?

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RE: What cheese to use? - Sun, 11/9/03 8:16 PM
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I normally use Monterey Jack but will try quesillo next.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Sun, 11/9/03 9:10 PM
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Asadero or Oaxaca cheeses will melt without separating into oils and curds.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Sun, 11/9/03 10:28 PM
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Dearfolk,
I like a little hit of dill in my quesadillas. There are several different cheeses that will work beautifully thst each contain an amount of dill. Of course we could then refer to the finished product as quesaDILLas, but that wasn't what I was thinking about.
Remember, Harold Craver likes his dill slaw "way dilly," as his mama reports. She grinds up "roomsful" of dill to make it just the way he likes it. I'll have to try it sometime and report back to you. If it's mildly hallucinogenic, I won't be surprised.
Everything Is Beautiful (In Its Own Way), The Incredibly Zen Ort. in Incredibly Zen Athens, Georgia. Oh, wow.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Tue, 11/11/03 9:01 AM
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Originally posted by mousec


Originally posted by UncleVic

All the above sounded fancy to me! ha ha.. I usually just stick to Sharp Cheddar... (Most restraunts around here use Mild Colby though).

Don't you find that cheddar seperates into oily pools when you try to melt it?


You make a good point there!

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RE: What cheese to use? - Tue, 11/11/03 10:16 AM
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I found the following website really helpful when I was having some very special friends over who were craving a really authentic Mexican meal (I'm 1/2 Polish, 1/2 Irish...why on EARTH they chose ME to prepare Mexican food for them is beyond me!)

http://www.specialcheese.com/queso.htm

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RE: What cheese to use? - Mon, 01/12/04 5:00 PM
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Queso Quesadilla is a creamy white cheese that melts like velveeta!!

I am pleased to share this recipe w/you, as I experimented for weeks..... We, too, have a Mexican Resaurant that serves this w/chips before your meal and love it!!!
I wanted this recipe and nobody has it. If you have found a different version, please share!


Microwave in a dish on med/high for about 2 min.

1 cup Queso Quesadilla cheese (found in dairy and round)
dash of green jalepeno pepper sauce to taste
sprinkle or two of dried, minced onions
dash of salt
fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup milk

You can add more milk to thin it out a bit. It tends to thicken upon standing.

Let me know what you think!!

Missy

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RE: What cheese to use? - Mon, 01/12/04 9:40 PM
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Jack user here. In fact, that's just what I fixed for dinner - chicken quesadillas.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Wed, 09/14/05 3:56 PM
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I'm surprised that people don't have access to Mexican Cheeses in many of these posts. Usually there are a good selection in the cheese section of major grocers. I'm adding the link to a large distributor of Mexican cheeses: http://www.caciqueusa.com/ They have a good selection of cheeses and recipes on their site. You might also email them and ask where the nearest retailer is. I use these cheeses and they are authentic and of good quality.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Thu, 12/15/05 4:18 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Cosmos
In Central New York we're pretty much limited to jack cheese.
Well as brief as your comment is it explains alot.



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RE: What cheese to use? - Thu, 12/15/05 10:09 AM
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For those on the east coast, Cabot makes a very nice shredded "Mexican" blend that already has added spices.

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RE: What cheese to use? - Thu, 12/15/05 10:34 AM
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I've seen a lot of Mexican or Tex-Mex recipes that call for chevre. This strikes me as being very authentic at least for portions of Mexico considering the amount of goats raised for consumption. I've used it several times mixed with a bit of a firmer cheese, like jack for dillas, and it has a great creamy consistency that contrasts nicely to the crispy grilled tortillas. Also great for enchiladas along with some chopped onion.

Vayo con Queso