It took us quite some time to figure out what the block of brown jelly next to the cheeses in the supermarket was… and even why there was jelly next to the cheese anyway.
Membrillo, also known as dulce de membrillo, is basically a type of quince jam that just happens to get on extremely well with any cheese that has a decent personality. It even manages to squeeze some personality out of bland queso fresco. It’s excellent for calming down the wild spirit of curado cheese from Teno, an anarchic cheese with flavours that explode almost painfully in the mouth.
Cut a little cube of membrillo off the main block and simply pair it with a chunk of cheese – it makes a nice, easy tapa dish. The sweet and savoury combination is a winner.
Membrillo is available in any decent supermarket on Tenerife and is cheap so if doesn’t work for your tastebuds you won’t have wasted too much money.
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