In Brazil, they have a popular dessert called “Romeo and Juliet” (Romeu e Julieta ). It is a simple preparation of a mildly salty cheese paired with a slice of sweet guava paste. Its name is apparently due to the pairing of these two flavors – they just simply and go together perfectly.
I’ve changed up the recipe slightly and added a kick of spice, making this dish a perfect appetizer to go along with Brazil’s favorite cocktail – the Caipirinha.
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- 2 Ounces Coalho Cheese (substitute with Halloumi cheese if unable to locate).
- Guava Paste
- Juice of 1/2 Lime
- 2 Drops of Malagueta Pepper Sauce*
- Add the cheese to a frying pan over medium heat.
- Cook until the cheese begins to brown.
- Turn the cheese over and brown the other side.
- In a small bowl, combine the guava paste, lime juice and hot sauce.
- Place the cheese on a platter and cover the top with the guava paste mixture.
- Cut into bite sized chunks and serve with toothpicks.
*Substitute a few drops of Hot Chili Pepper Oil if unable to locate Malagueta Pepper Sauce
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A special thank you to Chef Simone of Cook In Rio who introduced us to the flavors in this dish.