I personally consider my birthday to be my very own New Years celebration. But nevertheless, despite not buying into most traditions, New Years Eve is a day I like, just as I like any other ending that brings with it new beginnings charged with opportunity. As they say, when one door closes, another opens. When one year ends, a new one enters right then and there, and everything is possible again.
For this year’s celebration, I propose that you try something different (unless you’re Peruvian, and then this won’t be different; just plain delicious). If you’re hosting a party, a small dinner, or attending someone else’s gathering and want to help out a bit, these hors d’oeuvre will make you a popular girl or boy for the night, and probably even for the next 365 days.
Tequeños are an absolute classic in Peruvian celebrations. No party is complete without them, and people love them so much that many restaurants have them on their menu too, or even give them as a courtesy instead of the usual bread and butter, or next to it.
I love tequeños mainly because I’m such a cheese person, but also because the combination is fantastic: cheese-filled wonton fingers, with guacamole. Who wouldn’t like this? And the great thing about them is that they’re never the same. Depending on the kind of cheese you stuff them with, the texture and taste changes; sometimes firm, sometimes completely gooey and melting in your mouth. The guacamole is also prepared differently by everyone. Some people just mix mashed avocado with mayonnaise (this is very typical); or others, like my mom, put a bit more effort into it and mix the avocado with chopped onion, tomato, lemon, Tabasco, and fresh coriander. Nowadays, with the gastronomic boom and the love for everything Peruvian, tequeños are being peruvianized even more, filling them up with lomo saltado, ají de gallina, and other typical Peruvian dishes. Or served with huancaina sauce. I won’t even attempt at doing this today, as the holiday season is stressful enough for everyone, and I don’t want to turn your New Years party into a New Years nightmare in the kitchen. I prefer to share something fast, easy, mess-free, problem-free, and guaranteed to look and taste good even if you don’t do it perfectly or have no cooking experience.
Tequeños really are extremely easy to make, and so is the guacamole (which as you all probably know, is originally from Mexico). I hope you and your friends enjoy them, and they turn your party into a fun and exciting international soirée, envisioning lots of travelling in the New Year!
Oh, and don’t foget you can still download our free ebook, 6 Christmas treats, and use those wonderful recipes for New Years Eve if you didn’t get the chance to make them for Christmas.
- 1 pack wonton dough sheets (you can get this in many supermarkets, or Chinese grocery stores)
- Cheese (I bought a pack of queso fresco and it was perfect)
- Oil for deep frying (I used canola)
- 4 ripe avocados
- -Cut the cheese in strips about ¾ the length of each wonton sheet.
- -Put the cheese on one side of the wonton sheet, and start rolling the sheet around it, leaving a little edge unrolled. To close, wet your finger and pass it along the edge of the wonton sheet, and then finish rolling. Do the same to close the side ends, pressing with your fingers to make sure the dough sticks well.
- -You can do these first steps in advance, cover the uncooked tequeños, and leave the frying till the end, right before serving.
- -For the guacamole, mash the avocado and mix with mayonnaise, to taste.
- -In medium/high heat, bring a lot of oil (1/2 cup or more) to a zizzle and put a few tequeños in the frying pan. Wait until they’re starting to brown on one side, and then turn and do the same on the other side. Place on a dish with paper towel, which will absorb the excess oil.