KESHI YENA (Stuffed Edam Cheese)

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This a traditional delicacy from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. It may take a bit of time and effort, but it will be well worth it!

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  • add   5 eggs
  • add   1 tablespoon piccalilli relish
  • add   pepper
  • add   2 tablespoons butter
  • add   1 tablespoon capers (optional)
  • add   1/4 raisins or pitted prune
  • add   1/4 hot pepper
  • add   salt
  • add   1 clove garlic
  • add   2 medium onions
  • add   1 green pepper
  • add   Tabasco sauce
  • add   2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • add   2 lbs ground beef
  • add   1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • add   2 lbs edam cheese
  • add   2 tablespoons ketchup
  • add   margarine or oil
  • add   3 tomatoes
  • add   1/4 cup olives
  • add   1 tablespoon parsley


  1. Cut a small horizontal circle to make a"lid" on the upper part of the cheese.
  2. Scoop out the inside, leaving a shell 1/4" to 1/2" inch thick.
  3. Saute the vegetables, seasonings, and beef.
  4. Simmer for aprox.
  5. 20 minutes until the tomatoes are reduced.
  6. Then remove from the stove and allow to cool slightly.
  7. Beat 4 eggs and blend into this mixture.
  8. Generously grease a casserole dish or the top of a double boiler with the margarine or oil.
  9. Place the cheese shell upright in the greased dish.
  10. Fill with the vegetable/beef mixture.
  11. Cover with the"lid" (cheese circle).
  12. Beat the remaining egg and spread beaten egg on top of the cheese as a sealer.
  13. Set the casserole in a pan of hot water and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 350.
  14. OR---.
  15. Place the double boiler over simmering water and cook, covered for the same amount of time, replenishing water as necessary.
  16. VARIATION: Slice cheese about 1/4" inch in thickness.
  17. Line a deep buttered dish or individual custard cups with cheese slices, overlapping edges.
  18. Place filling inside, cover with cheese and brush with beaten egg to seal.
  19. Place in a pan of hot water and bake as directed above.