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Surullitos - Cheese Cornmeal Sticks


Surullitos - Cheese Cornmeal Sticks


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Surullitos is an easy recipe for cornmeal cheese sticks that can be served warm as a side dish or as a snack. They are also great made ahead and served for after school snacks.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 6 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Combine the water and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Stirring constantly, slowly and steadily (so as not to interrupt the boil) pour the cornmeal into the water.
  3. Continue to stir for 3 to 4 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and thick.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the cheddar cheese.
  5. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  6. Divide the mixture into 24 equal portions, then shape each portion into uniform cylinders about 3 inches long. Place them on wax paper to prevent sticking.
  7. Heat the oil for frying, then fry the surullitos in small batches of 4 at a time for about 5 minutes each. Turn them while frying for even browning.
  8. Drain on paper towels and keep warm until serving time.
Serves: 8-12 people.

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