Like the star-crossed lovers, the flavor combination in this Brazilian Romeo and Juliet recipe is a perfect pairing. Salty, soft cheese and sweet, guava paste combine in this unique and simple dish, which can be served as an dessert or appetizer. Ether way, it is sure to win hearts!
Brazilian Romeu e Julietta
In Brazil the combination of guava paste (goiabada) and soft cheese is a common culinary occurrence.
You will often find this flavor combination popping up in many Brazilian dishes, like empanadas and flan. The flavor combination is a wonderful pairing of sweet and salty.
Just like the fated couple, guava paste and cheese are simply meant to be together!
What Is Guava Paste?
Guava paste (or goiabada in Portuguese) is a preserve made simply from guava and sugar.
The paste has a consistency that is like a thick fruit butter that has been jellied. It is often found in a brick form, making it easy to slice for these tasty bites.
You can often find guava paste in the Latin section of your grocery store. If not, your local Latin market is sure to carry it. We found ours from World Market.
What Cheese To Use For Romeo And Juliet?
Traditionally, Brazilian Romeo and Juliette is made with a soft, white, slightly salty cheese from the region of Minas Gerais, called queijo minas.
It is a difficult cheese to find in the States, so often Mexican Queso Fresco (or Queso Blanco if you want your cheese less salty) is used as a substitute.
How To Make The Brazilian Romeo And Juliet Dessert
This recipe really could not be more simple.
Once you have your guava paste and cheese, they are simply sliced and served together.
You can arrange the slices on a plate, or stack them together on toothpicks for easy to grab, perfectly paired bites!
Romeo and Juliet
- 10 oz package Queso Fresco (or similar cheese)
- 10 oz package guava paste
- Slice the cheese and quava paste into evenly sized pieces.
- Stack the slices on tooth picks or simply serve the slices on a platter.
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Sarah is co-owner of Curious Cuisiniere and the chief researcher and recipe developer for the site. Her love for cultural cuisines was instilled early by her French Canadian Grandmother. Her experience in the kitchen and in recipe development comes from years working in professional kitchens. She has traveled extensively and enjoys bringing the flavors of her travels back to create easy-to-make recipes.