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I had 2 bad and one excellent experience with cotija cheese. The bad versions
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Posted to Thread #29579 at 12:42 pm on Apr 22, 2017
(tasted bitter and slightly sour) were from a Walmart in Orlando that has a huge hispanic food section and the other was from an organic market in Orlando.
After those two I decided it wasn't worth wasting the money because I assumed that was how the cheese was supposed to taste. I don't like 90% of blue cheeses for that reason. I typically used a mix of parmesan and any cheese that melted gently (not mozzarella-ish).
Then I found it in an Asheville Whole Foods and finally tasted why it is used. When proper, it has a nice clean slightly sharp taste. On the other hand, it cost $15. Not sure I'll go through all the effort again since I won't know what I'm getting based on 33.3% success rate.
To be honest, the best addition I've made to this dish is Yukon gold potatoes, pre-cooked, chilled, diced to no bigger than 1", sautéed in butter until crisp and then added to the final mixture. But then I'm a of home-fry kind of gal.
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Other messages in this thread:
- 29579. I'm making this Mexican Corn Salad for a potluck this weekend. [LINK] - Amanda_Pennsylvania - 1:03pm on 04/21/17 (20)
- Feta is somewhat similar and will work in a pinch if you can't find cojita [NT] - Melissa Dallas - 1:37pm on 04/21/17
- You might be surprised about finding the cheese. I went to a small locally owned, mom and pop place - KarenNoCA - 1:52pm on 04/21/17
- I made this last summer - my husband can't have fresh - GeorgiaRose - 2:05pm on 04/21/17
- I agree with GeorgiaRose. Feta is acceptable, but Parmesan is closer to cotija cheese. - Michael in Phoenix - 3:56pm on 04/21/17
- Sorry Michael, I didn't see your post. [NT] - orchid - 4:05pm on 04/21/17
- I'd add 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions too. [NT] - Michael in Phoenix - 3:58pm on 04/21/17
- And if you have a TJ's in your area, get their frozen fire-roasted corn. Excellent! [NT] - Michael in Phoenix - 3:59pm on 04/21/17
- I do have TJ's; thanks for the advice! [NT] - Amanda_Pennsylvania - 5:11pm on 04/21/17
- Everything I have read says Parm is what should be substituted - orchid - 4:04pm on 04/21/17
- I tried it with feta and was disappointed. I agree with Karen, found it in a small - CynUpstateNY - 4:07pm on 04/21/17
- Thank you so much, everyone. - Amanda_Pennsylvania - 5:13pm on 04/21/17
- I had 2 bad and one excellent experience with cotija cheese. The bad versions - MarilynFL - 12:42pm on 04/22/17
- I have a tomato, avocado, grilled corn salad that I love much better than the Mexican Corn Salad - KarenNoCA - 2:06pm on 04/22/17
- I like the potato suggestion. [NT] - Amanda_Pennsylvania - 8:47pm on 04/22/17
- Mexican Corn Salad turned out great! - Amanda_Pennsylvania - 4:43pm on 04/24/17
- This recipe just came up on Yummly with more ingredients and a different - Charley - 6:37pm on 04/24/17
- There are a lot of ingredients in there which may get watery, plus the avocado which will turn color - KarenNoCA - 2:25pm on 04/25/17
- Thank you! [NT] - LisainLA - 2:30pm on 04/25/17
- I am making this for a potluck at work tomorrow. Do you think I can make tonight or shall - LisainLA - 3:48am on 04/25/17
- I made mine the day of, then it sat for several hours. [NT] - Amanda_Pennsylvania - 1:41pm on 04/26/17