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Manchego Cheese and Quince Paste Hors d'Oeuvres

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Manchego Cheese and Quince Paste Hors d'Oeuvres

Martín Fierro

Marian Blazes
The pairing of manchego cheese and a slice of the beautiful dulce de membrillo, or quince paste, makes an elegant hors d'oeuvre to serve with wine. In Argentina and Uruguay this treat is known as a "Martín Fierro", after the gaucho in the epic Argentine poem by José Hernández. You can find membrillo paste in Latin markets and international groceries. Guava paste is also delicious served this way.


  • Manchego cheese, or a sharp white cheddar
  • Quince Paste
  • Crackers


  1. Slice the cheese into thin squares to fit the crackers.

  2. Slice the quince paste into similar thin squares.

  3. Top each cracker with a slice of cheese, and then a slice of the quince paste, and serve.

  4. Quince paste will keep for months, well-wrapped in the refrigerator.
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