Have you ever heard of bunuelos before? I hadn’t either. Until my friend Roni posted that she made some in honor of her favorite show, Narcos on Netflix. But here’s the thing. There are two kinds of bunuelos, the Mexican version which is sweeter, more like a donut, and the Colombian version which is basically 95% cheese. Since Narcos is all about the drug trade in Colombia, of course you have to make the Colombian version. So that powdered sugar that you see in the photo is merely there to represent the idea of cocaine, not as a topping for these little fried treats. I thought about taking it a step further and rolling up some bills and round mirror, but I thought, “nah”. Phew. Glad I could clear that up. Roni was going to make these for me but had to go out-of-town at the last-minute. So she sent me a boxed mix and I went to work making these delicious bit sized doughy cheese balls. And be “me” I really mean my mom because I’m afraid of frying oil and she came over and did it for me.
This post is in partnership with Netflix. As part of their #StreamTeam I get to share with you all of my favorite shows on the platform. All opinions are always mine. Netflix is the best partner ever. They let me share creative posts, including those with fake cocaine. It’s a match made in heaven. But I digress. So, as I mentioned, these bunuelos are usually served with coffee. I’m not sure how many is considered a serving but once you have one you’ll probably need a few (hundred) more. They’re pretty good. The mix has simple instructions to follow on the back of the box. What isn’t in the box, however, is four cups of a hard cheese like cotija which I have there in the bowl. I picked up two packages at my local store and crumbled it. Roni also instructed me to add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the mix. Roni is a baker and decorator (a crazy talented one at that) so I did as she said.To get the right consistency, add a little bit of water or milk at a time. My mom ended up adding 12 tablespoons or 3/4 of a cup. The box said you would add about 1 tablespoon so I’m not sure what really happened there… The instructions say you want the dough to stay together but not be sticky. She rolled them in to golf ball sized balls prior to frying. When frying, make sure to not have the oil too hot or else they will brown on the outside and not cook all the way through. When you drop the balls in to the oil, they sink, then rise and then start spinning. It’s pretty fun to watch. Almost as much fun to watch as Narcos on Netflix. I’ve only seen half of the first season so far. I really need to get all caught up! Sometimes when I post about Netflix, I get a sense of who the super fans are. After posting something about Narcos, Roni reached out and asked if I knew when the second season was starting. I didn’t know but as soon as I found out, I made sure to let her know. Then she sent me a photo of a batch of bunuelos that she made in honor and that is how this post came to be. You should have seen my mom’s face when I asked her if this looked like the bunuelos were sitting on a mountain of cocaine…my job is so fun. When you remove the bunuelos from the oil, just let them drain on a paper towel lined plate and cool. These mo fo’s are HOT. The consistency is creamy and salty and vaguely cake like. If you aren’t a fan of smelly cheeses, you won’t like these. You can always substitute other cheeses to see what you like better. I’m wondering if you could use the shaker parmesan cheese? I think that would be totally tasty. But not at all Colombian. And in the perfect awkward segue, get excited because tons of Disney movies are making their way on to Netflix! It’s not everyday that Disney and cocaine are found in the same post, but today is that day.
Starting in September and beyond, Netflix will be allowed to stream all Disney films — including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm titles. All films released in theaters in 2016 are included in this deal. Which means, by the time you read this post, Zootopia is already available to watch. This is HUGE! Netflix is the only place you can find all these Disney movies, so now is your chance to get all caught up on any you may have missed!
My husband and I are currently OBSESSED with The Get Down. Like, the other day when we were at Disneyland, I was like, man I wish we were getting home earlier so I could watch another episode. That’s good. If you like old school hip hop beats, you’ll love it. I totally cried at the end of the 3rd episode. The storytelling is AMAZING! OH! and Fuller House has been renewed and new episodes will start airing December 9th!
Are you watching Narcos on Netflix? Will you watch ALL the Disney?
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