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red Apr 30, 2006 02:55 PM

So I picked up a big block of Cotija cheese at the store today and I've no idea what to do with it. Aside from using it over salad like feta, what else can I do? I know I've seen recipes but none come to mind. Suggestions?

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    Aaron RE: red Apr 30, 2006 02:58 PM

    I like stuffed piquillo peppers, a typical spanish tapa.
    If you scroll down to the feta post below, toodie jane, has posted a recipe for chiles rellenos, which would also be a nice option.
    It's great crumbled over the top of soft-corn tortilla tacos as well.

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      alex RE: Aaron Apr 30, 2006 10:29 PM

      fantastic over sopes (corn masa boats) i recently bought a cut myself as well...i also used it on steamed broccoli imparts excellent salty qualty to broc.

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      jzerocsk RE: red Mar 21, 2007 07:57 AM

      I crumble it on most anything Mexican. I especially like it on refried beans.

      1. DiningDiva RE: red Mar 21, 2007 10:49 AM

        Use it like a wetter version of parmesan.

        I've added it to meatballs, sprinkled it on pasta and added it to eggs. Anything that would benefit from a little added saltiness or tanginess is a good candidate for cotija.

        1. Megiac RE: red Mar 21, 2007 10:56 AM

          I use it over tacos and combined with a better melting cheese in a quesadilla snack. The delicious Cafe Habana grilled corn also has cotija: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ch...

          1. Dommy RE: red Mar 21, 2007 05:09 PM

            You can also use it as a filling for Enchiladas mixed in with some veggies (Zucchinni comes to mind)...

            --Dommy!

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              ickster RE: red Mar 23, 2007 12:10 PM

              I think there are two versions, a fresh wet one and a dryer version that is used for grating.

              When I think of Cotija, I think of corn. Two ways:

              Side Dish:

              saute fresh shucked corn, grilled, peeled and chopped anaheim peppers, sliced tomato, sliced onions, garlic. Crumble cotija cheese over it and serve as a side dish to grilled meat(s).

              Grilled corn, spread with your choice of butter/lemon/mayo/crema and rolled in grated cotija cheese--sprinkled chile powder optional.

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