Tequeños (Peruvian Cheese Sticks) with Peruvian Avocado Guacamole
To make the guacamole, in a medium bowl, mash the avocados with the lime juice, then add 3 tablespoons chopped pepper, along with the green onion, cilantro, and mayonnaise. Mix well, season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.
On a cutting board or flat surface, place a piece of cheese on a wonton wrapper, approximately 1/4 inch from the top. Fold in each side of the wrapper, then roll up. Repeat with the remaining cheese and wonton wrappers.
Meanwhile, in a medium, deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 350° F. Adjust the heat to maintain the temperature. Fry the cheese sticks until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain well on paper towels. Serve with the guacamole garnished with the remaining chopped pepper.
Difficulty level: medium
3 large Peruvian avocados, pitted and peeled
6 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons finely chopped rocoto chili pepper (or other mild to semi-hot red pepper, such as red serrano), divided
5 tablespoons finely chopped green onion, white part only
2 tablespoons cilantro, rinsed and finely chopped
¾ cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper
12 square wonton wrappers
8 ounces paria or mozzarella cheese, cut into 12 sticks, approximately 1¼ by ½-inch each
2 cups sunflower or other oil suitable for frying