6 to 8 servings
FOR THE SAUCE
Peel the red wax covering off the cheese. Cut an inch thick slice from the top and hollow it out slightly. Scoop out the cheese, leaving a shell 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Reserve the scooped out cheese for another use. Put the shell and lid in a large bowl of cold water to cover, and soak for 1 hour. Hardboil the eggs and drop them into cold water. When they are cool enough to handle, shell them. Carefully remove the whites, leaving the yolks whole. The best way to do this is with the fingers. Finely chop the whites and set both whites and yolks aside
This dish, though popular for a long time in its birthplace, the Caribbean island of Curacao (where it is called Keshy Yena in the patois of the island), was introduced to Yucatan by Dutch and German coffee men sometimes in the last century. Its foreign origins are obvious in that a Dutch Edam cheese is the main ingredient, hollowed out and stuffed with a rich pork mixture. For some reason Yucatecans almost invariably use saffron rather than achiote, which is more characteristic of their kitchen, and they usually steam rather than bake the cheese; the sauce, too, is a further Mayan enhancement. The dish looks quite spectacular when brought to the table as the cheese expands during the cooking and, when cut into wedges and served, the soft cheese shell combines deliciously with the pork filling. All that is needed as an accompaniment is a salad.
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