Pastel de queijo is an appetizer commonly eaten in Brazil. You can order it at fancy restaurants or bars as well as from street vendors for a quick snack. It is really easy to make and is quite delicious with its hot gooey cheese inside! Cheers to cheese!
1 pack of wonton wrappers
Monterey Jack or Swiss cheese
Small bowl of warm water
Cut the cheese into 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/2" rectangular cubes. Place one piece of cheese onto a wonton. Dab one finger into a small bowl of warm water and lightly wet the edge of two adjacent sides of the wonton. Press the wonton closed with the opposite side to make a triangular pocket that encloses the cheese. Repeat these steps with each pastel.
Fill a small frying pan with a 1/2" layer of vegetable oil. Heat up the oil and fry each pastel for just a minute or two on each side, or until golden brown.
Remove and serve hot!
this post is part of the dumpling a day while i'm away guest blogger series. i'm in israel right now so i've gotten some awesome bloggers, photographers, and writers, to showcase delicious dumplings. if you're interested in being a dumpling guest blogger, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. yay!