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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 12
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This fried Venezuelan treat is basically a cheesy corn cake. They're a sure crowd pleaser for New Year's!


1 1/2
cups cornmeal
large yellow plantain
ounce queso fresco
cup brown sugar
cup hot water


  • 1 Crumble the cheese into small pieces.
  • 2 Peel and boil the plantain for 10 minutes until tender.
  • 3 Place the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until combined.
  • 4 Knead into a dough.
  • 5 Bring oil to 350°F.
  • 6 Roll dough into logs and bring together at ends to form a ribbon bow shape.
  • 7 Fry mandocas at 350°F. for about 5 minutes until browned.
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NYE Treat: Mandocas

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

 This South American snack almost tastes like the cornbread coating of a corndog.

But Mandocas also have a nice sweetness from the plantain and that salty gooeyness that melted cheese always brings to the table.

They’re a fun twist on a mozzarella stick or onion ring that your New Year’s guests would be happy to indulge in. Dip them in a nice honey mustard for a fun and unique snack they won’t soon forget!


Boiling plantain

To make your plantain mashable, first boil it in some salted water for about 10 minutes.


Mandocas ingredients

Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor.


Traditional shape of mandoca

The traditional shape almost looks like a ribbon bow.


Rolling mandocas


A cut open mandoca

Crunchy on the outside, tender and cheesy on the inside.


Dipping mandoca in honey mustard

They almost look like pretzels, but the taste is pretty different – and delicious!


Dan Whalen thinks mandoca is a fun word to say. He has been blogging for over 4 years The Food in My Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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