Colombian Buñuelos or Fried Cheese Balls (gluten free)

Kolumbianische buñuelos aka frittierte Käse-Teigbällchen (glutenfrei)

I am so excited to finally be sharing this recipe for Colombian buñuelos! Colombian buñuelos are, at least in my opinion, so much better than Mexican buñuelos, they are gluten free as they are prepared with cornstarch and tapioca flour and they do contain cheese, lots of cheese. Do I need to say anything more?

Kolumbianische buñuelos aka frittierte Käse-Teigbällchen (glutenfrei)In case you didn’t know, my hubby is Colombian and I am German. So every season we have the very same dicussion: how are we going to celebrate Christmas this year? Colombian, German, American, or even Uruguayan? Why these four countries are important for us, you can read here. You would like to know what we need to discuss? Just to give you an idea, one question is always when to actually put up the tree, in Germany it is traditionally done on the 24th even though trees are sold around the 10th of December. However, I prefer putting up the tree for the first of December as is common in the U.S. Or when are we going to open gifts, in Germany this is done on the 24th whereas Colombians technically do it on the 25th as in the U.S. But they have found a good solution to do it a bit earlier, they do it at midnight on the night of Christmas Eve. Typical Colombian solution.

After 8 years of marriage I have gotten used to Christmas being slightly different every year. My husband apparently likes putting up the tree early, we have been putting it up for December 1st for the last years now. Yes, I decorated ours already with gingerbread ornaments this year. Since we both lived in the east of Germany for quite some time, we also like to put up a nutcracker, pyramids and other manikins made from wood. But what is always different is the food. We may have some German Stollen, or we may eat Colombian cornbread for breakfast. We may also have a delicious peach cake from Uruguay for dessert.

Kolumbianische buñuelos aka frittierte Käse-Teigbällchen (glutenfrei)As stated our Christmas menu may be different every year, but one thing my husband has faithfully prepared every year are buñuelos, which I have the pleasure of introducing today. Buñuelos are glutenfree as they are prepared with cornstarch and tapioca flour and they do contain a lot of fresh cheese.

I do remember distinctly when I had just met my husband and I learned first hand how Colombians celebrate Christmas. Even though he was living in a tiny dorm with a shared kitchen at that time, he prepared his beloved buñuelos. It didn’t matter that he was deep-frying in the tiny kitchen, it was really important to have these delicious cheese balls available. Since then he has been preparing buñuelos every Christmas. So you can probably imagine how excited he was when I announced that I wanted to introduce the recipe on my blog and therefore wanted to learn how to make them.

Kolumbianische buñuelos aka frittierte Käse-Teigbällchen (glutenfrei)And since I believe you probably won’t be able to find Colombian fresh cheese, which is called queso fresco or queso campesino, I decided to make it myself. Please don’t worry, it is much, much easier than you would think. I promise, it is so easy, only two ingredients required, really not that hard. However, I recommend preparing the cheese the night before so that it gets a chance to dry a little more before using it. But just to be sure I also prepared the cheese once on the same day I made the buñuelos and it worked fine, I just had to add a little more cornstarch to the dough as the cheese still had more moisture. I also tried rolling the buñuelos and frying them the next day, which also worked perfectly. Just be sure to wrap each one separately and chill before frying.

Colombian buñuelos or fried cheese balls

Print Recipe
Serves: About 12-14 buñuelos Cooking Time: 20min preparation + 20min of frying

Ingredients

  • 1 liter of whole milk (best is at least 3.5% fat or higher)
  • 4 tablespoons of apple vinegar
  • 50 grams of feta
  • 120 grams of cornstarch
  • 60 gr tapioca/cassava/maniok starch/flour
  • 25 grams of regular sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of butter cut it small pieces
  • 2 eggs, size L
  • At least 1 liter of canola oil for frying

Instructions

1

Get the milk to almost boil, then add the vinegar and let simmer on medium heat for about two minutes, the milk will and should look curdled. Place a kitchen towel on a sieve and pour the mixture on top, you can also drink the whey, it is very healthy. Strain the fresh cheese inside the towel and let sit in the towel on the sieve overnight or at least for an hour, pat dry as much as possible.

2

Crumble the fresh cheese into a bowl, you should have gotten about 150 grams. Add all other ingredients except for the eggs and frying oil. Mix with a spoon. Then add the eggs and work into a dough. If you dough is too crumbly, add a teaspoon of milk until you have the right consistency. If it is too wet, add more cornstarch as needed. Form about 12 buñuelos, mine weighed about 50 grams each. Make sure to make them as round as possible.

3

Heat frying oil to 150-160 degrees Celsius, this is medium-low. It is important to have the right temperature for the buñuelos to turn out properly, so I recommend using a thermometer. Place about half the buñuelos inside and roll them so they evenly brown from all sides and don't crack. Repeat with second batch. Pat dry with kitchen towel and serve immediately.

Notes

Buñuelos only taste nice on the day they were prepared, so I recommend serving immediately after preparing. However, it is possible to prepare them fully, but only fry them the next day. Keep covered in plastic wrap in fridge overnight before frying.

Kolumbianische buñuelos aka frittierte Käse-Teigbällchen (glutenfrei)So is there anything you faithfully make for Christmas?

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Gabi
    Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 09:29 AM

    Oh, die kenne ich auch aus Ecuador als Frühstück 😉 Leckere kleine Dinger – und nun habe ich ein Rezept dafür! Danke & liebe Grüße, Gabi

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      Jenny
      Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 09:56 PM

      Genau, zum Frühstück gibt es die auch!

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    zorra
    Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Hui in diese Bällchen habe ich mich sofort verknallt, so schön fluffig! Mal gucken ob ich mich überwinde kann sie zu machen, weil Frittieren ist nicht so meins…. 😉 Danke für das schöne Türchen.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 12:03 PM

      Meins auch nicht, aber sie sind wirklich mega lecker!

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    Conny
    Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 12:09 PM

    Liebe Jenny,
    die sehen zum Anbeißen aus! Und nach all dem vorweihnachtlichen Süßkram bin ich sowas von reif für Käse! 😉 Danke für das schöne Rezept.
    Herzlichst, Conny

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 01:16 PM

      Freut mich zu hören!

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    Tina von Küchenmomente
    Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    Liebe Jenny,
    nicht nur die tollen Rezepte machen diese Blogevents so interessant, sondern auch das Entdecken neuer Blogs. Deinen Blog kannte ich bisher noch gar nicht (Asche über mein Haupt!), bin aber total begeistert.
    Ich schaue bestimmt jetzt öfter vorbei, klaue mir jetzt schnell eins der leckeren buñuelos und wünsche dir und deiner Familie eine schöne Adventszeit.
    Herzliche Grüße aus dem Münsterland
    Tina

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Wednesday December 5th, 2018 at 01:16 PM

      Liebe Tina, geht mir ganz genauso!

  • Reply
    Frauenpowertrotzms
    Saturday December 8th, 2018 at 10:32 PM

    Hallo Jenny,
    mein Vater ist Franzose und da gab es früher auch einige Diskussionen um Weihnachten und Silvester. Eigentlich ist es ja toll andere Traditionen kennenzulernen. Dein Rezept werde ich mir ausdrucken. Am liebsten würde ich gleich loslegen 😉
    Liebe Grüße Caro

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Saturday December 8th, 2018 at 10:43 PM

      Das klingt wunderbar, dass du es nachmachen willst! Melde dich, sollte es Probleme geben!

  • Reply
    Florian
    Saturday December 8th, 2018 at 11:39 PM

    Hi Jenny,

    woaaaa das schaut aber verdammt lecker aus! Ich hab nur das Bild gesehen und gedacht: Das muss ich haben, SOFORT! 🙂

    Kannst du ein paar schicken? .-)

    Viele Grüße
    Flo von den Phototravellers

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Sunday December 9th, 2018 at 07:41 AM

      Ich hab witziger Weise gestern welche gemacht und schicke dir hiermit welche virtuell!

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    CHRISTINA KEY
    Sunday December 9th, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Oh wow, die sehen super aus! Schmecken sicherlich auch klasse. 🙂
    Toll, wie Du die frechen Bällchen hier ins Szene gesetzt hast!

    Liebe Grüße und einen schönen 2. Advent,

    http://www.ChristinaKey.com

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Sunday December 9th, 2018 at 12:19 PM

      Danke, Christina!

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    Bettina Halbach, Diplom-Oecotrophologin
    Sunday December 9th, 2018 at 08:15 PM

    Hallo Jenny, … das liest sich so, als ob die Bunuelos sehr lecker wären 🙂 Sobald ich die Zeit dazu finde, probiere ich es aus! Liebe Grüße Bettina

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Sunday December 9th, 2018 at 08:16 PM

      Wenn du das machst, melde dich gerne wie sie geworden sind!

  • Reply
    Eileen
    Monday December 10th, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Das klingt so lecker! Die werde ich mal testen 🙂
    Toll das ihr jedes Jahr Weihnachten anders feiert, ich stelle es mir zwar stressig vor aber es ist abwechslungsreich.

    Viele Grüße Eileen von http://www.eileens-good-vibes.de

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Monday December 10th, 2018 at 11:05 AM

      Stressig ist es gar nicht, sondern einfach spannend 😉

  • Reply
    angelique
    Monday December 10th, 2018 at 07:54 PM

    Hy Jenny,
    die sind bestimmt super lecker, kannte ich nicht. Zu Weihnachten oder da herum ist ja bestimmt immer spannend bei dir was wie gemacht und getan wird. Lustig und manchmal auch nervig stell ich mir das vor.
    alles liebe angelique

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Monday December 10th, 2018 at 09:43 PM

      Du triffst es ziemlich gut!

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    Avaganza
    Monday December 10th, 2018 at 11:48 PM

    Die sehen aber sehr lecker aus und das Rezept dürfte ja nicht allzu aufwendig sein. Das probiere ich gerne auch – ich glaube da werde ich auch die Kinder dafür begeistern können … und das ist ja gar nicht so leicht ;-).

    Liebe Grüße
    Verena

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Tuesday December 11th, 2018 at 07:43 AM

      Stimmt, aber kolumbianische Kinder lieben sie 😉

  • Reply
    Tina
    Tuesday December 11th, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Frittierte Käsebällchen hab ich noch nie gegessen. Die klingen aber sehr lecker und schauen extrem appetitlich und geradezu perfekt aus. Das werde ich sicher mal ausprobieren und könnte mir das auch zu Silvester gut vorstellen 😉

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Tuesday December 11th, 2018 at 12:37 PM

      Ja, nach dem ganzen Plätzchenwahn zu Weihnachten sicher eine Option! Melde dich gerne, wenn du sie machst!

  • Reply
    Doris
    Wednesday December 12th, 2018 at 10:42 PM

    Die schauen aber auch verführerisch aus! Probiere ich gerne einmal aus. Hoffe ja für Dich, dass Dein Mann das Kochen der leckeren Bällchen jetzt nicht fix an Dich abgegeben hat. 😉 Solch feine Traditionen sollte man(n) beibehalten…

    Weiterhin so spannende Weihnachtsfeste und liebe Grüße,

    Doris von https://diegutelaune.com

    • Reply
      Jenny
      Wednesday December 12th, 2018 at 11:03 PM

      Hihi, stimmt, den Aspekt hab ich noch gar nicht bedacht…

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