Monday, December 17, 2012

Queso Blanco, Armenian Style

Before the advent of fried mozzarella sticks, there was Armenian Cheese, the kind the ladies from Marash made at home from raw, unpasteurized whole milk, cut up into blocks and stored in brine, to last all winter.  The Armenian mother, grandmother, aunt, or sister, would remove the cheese from the brine, now rock solid from its brine bath, rinse it off, slice it up, and pour boiling water over it.  The cheese would suddenly become wonderfully soft.  Menzmama would make a "Durum" for her Marash Boy by rolling up her wonderfully warm home made cheese in a slice of her freshly home-baked bread.  

Although those days are gone for most of us, the possibility of eating soft, warm cheese, NOT FRIED, is still with us, and the closest thing to those wonderful warm home-made cheese sticks can be made in our kitchens in 
but a few minutes.

Start with Queso Blanco (available in double packs at Costco).  Rinse it; slice it into lengths approximately 1/2 inch by 2 inches (the size of a finger), cover with water, and put in the microwave for a minute. Or, if you prefer, pour boiling water over the cheese and let sit for a minute or two.  Pour off the water, and enjoy that wonderfully soft cheese for breakfast just as it is, in a wrap, or simply rolled up in a slice of soft whole wheat bread.  It can't be beat!

A quick and easy Armenian breakfast treat -- a treat for any time of the day!


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