Panela is a Mexican-style cheese with a milky flavor and creamy texture. It was originally made in a basket to mold the cheese. Used mostly in Mexican-style dishes such as nopal salad or quesadillas. It does not melt but is great fried with vegetables. It is similar to Paneer which is a traditional cheese from India and also made in Wisconsin.


Milky white, usually in inverted conical shape, sometimes with basket mold pattern.


Firm, rubbery


Slightly sour, milky, salty

Serving Suggestions

Mexican dishes or serve fried with vegetables.

Goes Well With

Tequila, sangria, margarita

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