Surullitos (Cheese Corn Sticks)

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Jorge is Puerto Rican, but I am a white girl from Texas. I wish I was well versed and skilled in Puerto Rican recipes…however I am way more likely to whip up a combination of Southern & Tex-Mex foods. Ever since I wrote about going to Puerto Rico, I get tons of emails from readers asking for easy Puerto Rican recipes. In the past, I have shared a few recipes here and there…but only one (Pan Fried Plantains) was a true Puerto Rican dish.

Me, Jorge and Abuela Esther

The last time Jorge & I headed down to PR, our first stop was to visit his adorable Abuela, Esther. She is a wonderful cook and is always whipping up something delicious! This trip our plates were filled with pork, rice & beans, Surullitos and Guava Pudding Cake.

I am not going to lie, the Guava Pudding Cake was too die for…but these little fried cornmeal sticks won my heart! Something about the slightly sweet flavors and garlic-y ketchup had me swooning. I knew I had to make them for a fun treat once we got back home to Florida.

The flavors of these little fried darlings is hard to describe… It is kind of like Polenta, but better (back off Italians!). The outside is beautifully crispy, while the inside stays soft and moist -for lack of a better word. While they make take a few minutes to roll each one, they are actually very easy to make. Plus I am sure kids would really enjoy helping with the rolling part…if you can find a few to help!

Yield: 20 Sticks

Surullitos (Cheese Corn Sticks)

Surullitos on a wooden plate with mayo/ketchup dip beside them

Surullitos are fried cheese corn sticks that you need in your life ASAP. Serve them as an appetizer with a garlic-ketchup mixture or your favorite dipping sauce!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup of extremely fine cornmeal
  • 4 oz Edam or Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in salt, sugar and cornmeal. Return to heat and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the dough does not stick to the pot.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Let sit for 5 minutes -or until you are able to handle the heat- and roll 1 tablespoon balls of dough into cigar shapes.
  3. In a large deep skillet, heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees. Cook Surullitos 4-6 at a time, making sure not to crowd the pan, until lightly golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and serve immeidately.
  4. Sauce: Mix together ketchup, mayo and garlic. Serve with fresh hot Surullitos.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 515Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 41gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

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50 Responses
  1. Diane

    These babies are the most delicious corn sticks ever !!! My mom use to make them for us growing up ; everyone should try these before they kick the bucket!

  2. Russ Abbott

    Where’s that GUAVA PUDDING CAKE recipe!!!
    The dang cheese sticks are incredible – thanks! I’d love some variation to the Mass Real Guayaba we love so much.

  3. Rosa R

    Even though some of the questions are old, I could not hold myself and not answer a couple. Sorullitos or sorullos (no, I did not misspelled the name) are done with what we Puertorricans call “Dutch cheese” typically edam cheese. This cheese is almost king at the island, served with appetizers, hot chocolate, etc. Same thing for “queso de papa” (potato cheese, which is really sharp cheddar cheese). Local cheeses like “queso blanco” or “queso de hoja” (white cheese and leaf cheese) are typically enjoyed with crackers and/or guava paste, and “queso de freír” (frying cheese) is well…fried and served as an appetizer all by itself.
    Arepas is a completely different thing, and though other countries have arepas, my understanding is that they are different to the ones from Puerto Rico. Arepas in PR are known as either “arepas” is the eastern part of the archipelago, or as “domplines” (from the word dumpling) in the south, consist of fried dough patties known in some Carribean islands as johnnycakes. My favorite ones are the ones made with coconut milk like the ones done in the island of Vieques.
    Something to keep in mind always, when talking about food from Latin America and the Carribean, is that names for food items as well as the dialects are so different from country to country and even from regions in the same country. Maybe somewhere else in the world what is known in Puerto Rico as sorullos is known as arepas.

  4. Gladys Nieves

    You need to try it with hot chocolate in the evening, or with scramble eggs or tortilla. Also eat it with a sandwich with pastrami, Swiss cheese, mustard and cabagge

  5. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes & Me!

    I just started following you…my blog is platanosmangoes.com you will also find many recipes like carne guisada, etc…

  6. Leigh

    @Laura As soon as I saw these I thought of arepas too! I am from Miami so I’ve had many but it’s hard to find a good picture of what I’m talking about on Google since there are so many different kinds.

    @Jessica I’m not allowed to deep fry in my house since I almost burned the house down once trying to make donuts. Can these be baked?

  7. Veronica

    Wow, congrats to you Jessica! (Before I commented, I went to read your about page and I admire you even more now haha). No, don’t live in FL. Didn’t see your show or anything, but I found you from Daring Kitchen.

    I tried to make these tonight, but came out nowhere as pretty golden. I bought the cheese (never heard of Edam, but store didn’t have the other) last week. I don’t have a grater and didn’t realize was supposed to be grated ’til I started to get ingredients ready the other day. So I been holdin’ out – I asked my step mom if she by chance had an extra grater (or one I could borrow)… NO.

    So I spent a better part of two hours trying to slice it up as small as I could!

    I wanna go to culinary school sometime soon, and I’m practicing/expanding horizons as fast as our budget allows.. I think it’s awesome you started from scratch as your hubby can ‘attest’ 🙂

    I just hope I can develop my knowledge, palate, etc… as you have (I don’t care for sweets that much… a steak girl here!)

    So that leads me to … (off top of my head) you think a chef can be born from someone who can’t STAND seafood, fish? LOL

    BTW, I linked to this post on my blog about attempting this treat 🙂

  8. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    I have a dear friend that is Cuban and I believe that Puerto Rican and Cuban food is very similar. Since I absolutely love ANYTHING Cuban I know I would love these! Can’t wait to give them a try.

  9. Laura

    Is this similar to like an arepa? I used to eat those all the time in Miami when I worked their one summer. I too am a Texas girl and love tex mex & of course fried food!

    1. Jessica

      I have to be honest, I am not positive what an arepa is. I tried looking it up and got a few different answers…but it wasn’t like any of the ones I saw.

      Sorry I can’t be more help!

  10. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

    I need these in my life! So simple, yet SO delicious looking. And anything with gouda sounds good-a to me. (Ew. Sorry.)

  11. Adriana

    My best description for sorullitos is “cheese hush puppies”… I wish I had some right now! They are probably my favorite fritter. 🙂

  12. Katie

    I love love love polenta, especially when baked or grilled, so I imagine that if these are better (I totally believe you!) I’ll love them even more. I can’t wait to try them out, thanks for the recipe!

  13. Debs @ The Spanish Wok

    Oh wow, I have to make these very soon, thanks.

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  14. kita

    First, Jorge is HUGE! Super tall! He must be like 8 feet? (really, Im just short)

    Second, Cheese. Corn. Sticks. I need these little bad boys in my life (seriously, scrolled past red velvet cookies and brownies and cupcakes to read about these).

  15. Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    What delicious little gourmet finger foods! Cheese corn sticks… omg sounds divine.

  16. Debra Kapellakis

    I am a white girl from Texas, married to a Greek American. We live in Greece. My first thought was cornmeal and cheese, Tex-Mex! Yum! I love Greek food but Tex-Mex is the best there ever was or will be. lol I was surprised that this was a Puerto Rican recipe. It sounds and looks incredibly delicious!

  17. Javelin Warrior

    Another amazing post for me to drool over… I’m featuring it in this week’s Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and as always I love following your creations… Thanks so much for sharing.

  18. Amy

    Can NOT wait to try…I love all things cornbread-y. My mom, however, LOVES guava and I’ve been looking for recipes to make for her. Any chance of getting that Guava Pudding Cake recipe????

  19. sally @ sally's baking addiction

    fried cheese………. does it honestly get any better? these look so perfect! And I just love polenta, so i know that i would LOVE these!

  20. leighton

    This would make a delicious twist on tomato soup & grilled cheese sammies if you used tomato soup as the dip! I’m normally pretty against fried foods, but this is going on my to do list for sure!

  21. raquel from Florida

    In Venezuela we have “tequeños” . They are similar to the surullitos: white cheese (kind of mexican white queso fresco) and a bread dough. Really good! Is it traditional the gouda cheese in Puerto Rico or they use a local cheese? And the abuela, God Bless the Abuelas of the world!!!!!

  22. Alexandra

    Surullitos are so delicious. My mom would make them all the time for us. She would use parmesan cheese when she was out of Edam and they were just as delish! You’ve made me crave these so bad now!

  23. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    I’ve never had anything like this before but I can tell I would love them from the ingredient list – AND they do sound pretty easy.

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