Disney’s newest film Encanto was released in theaters on November 24 and immediately took off. Less than a month later it was released on Disney+ where it saw even more success with fans. Subscribers are flocking to the site to be able to watch the film that tells the story of a magical family who lives in Colombia and their non-magical daughter, Mirabel. In fact, Encanto has been so successful that it is on track to become the highest-grossing animated film of 2021.
Encanto takes place in the country of Colombia, and fans can’t get enough of the culture and the representation that they are seeing. And now Disney is sharing how you can make a classic Colombian dish to feel like you are a part of Encanto. Disney is showing how you can make cheese buñuelos — which are basically cheese fritters.
To make the buñuelos, you will need the following:
- 1 cup cassava flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup shredded cheese (preferably queso costeño)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons room temperature butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 3 cups vegetable oil
Cassava flour is a gluten-free flour that is very popular in Colombian cooking. If you cannot find cassava flour, you can also use chickpea flour, rice flour, almond flour, tapioca flour, or arrowroot. If you cannot find queso costeño, the recipe recommends that you can also use one of the following: 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, 1 cup feta cheese, or a combination of 3/4 cup feta cheese and 1/4 cup queso fresco.
In a medium pan, you are going to want to heat your oil to between 320° and 340° Fahrenheit. Once the oil reaches that temperature (you can use a candy thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature), you will want to turn down the heat to medium and make sure it stays at a constant temperature.
Once you have all of your ingredients, you will put your cassava flour, cornstarch, cheese, egg, butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, and milk in a bowl. Mix the ingredients together with our hands until it is fully combined. The dough should be easy to mold with your hands and should not be too wet or too crumbly. Once combined, divide the dough into 32 equal portions and roll into balls.
Fry 3 to 4 buñuelos at a time for 2-5 minutes, or until they are golden brown. You do not want to fry more than 3 to 4 at one time as having too many dough balls in the oil will lower the temperature too much.
Once the buñuelos are golden brown, take them out of the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain off the excess oil.
Finally, the most important step, ENJOY!