Sopa de Queso (Nicaraguan Cheese Soup)

    Sopa de Queso (Nicaraguan Cheese Soup)
    Peru Delights

    There are many dishes associated with the season of Lent and Easter and in Nicaragua, one of these key dishes is Sopa de Queso. Although cheese is one of the main ingredients in this soup, the real star is the corn masa (we like this one). Not only does it give the soup both flavor and body, the remaining masa is then fried into crunchy fritters that go right inside the bowl.

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    For the Masa
    tortilla flour
    1 1/2
    grated dried cheese, such as Parmesan
    large egg
    ground achiote, optional
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    For the Soup and Fritters
    vegetable oil
    white onion, chopped
    red or green bell pepper, chopped
    vegetable bouillon cube, optional
    large eggs, lightly beaten
    kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
    hierbabuena or parsley sprigs, for garnish
    Step 1
    Make the masa for the churritos: Combine tortilla flour with grated cheese, egg, salt and pepper to taste, and the achiote dissolved in 3/4 cup water. Knead the doughly lightly until soft and pliable but not sticky. Cover with a cloth and let rest.
    Step 2
    To make the soup: heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender.
    Step 3
    Add the milk, 3 cups of water, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the bouillon cube, if using. Take 1/2 cup of the masa and dissolve it in 1/2 cup water. Add to the soup.
    Step 4
    Simmer until lightly thickened, and taste adding more salt or pepper.
    Step 5
    In a deep frying pan heat the remaining oil over medium heat to about 365 degrees. Knead the reserved masa (add a little water if needed) and form 2-inch logs, about 3/4-inch thick, or make 2-inch mini tortillas. Fry them in the hot oil until golden. If you want to add some of them to the soup, you can do so.
    Step 6
    Transfer the fritters to a plate covered with paper towel.
    Step 7
    Just before serving, drop the eggs in a thin stream in the hot soup, stirring all the time.
    Step 8
    Put some masa fritters in each soup bowl, cover with soup and garnish with hierbabuena or parsley. Serve immediately.

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    70 mins
    Prep Time: 
    30 mins
    Cook Time: 
    40 mins
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