Monday, March 15, 2010
FRIED CHEESE = HEAVEN!!
I had a serious craving for some fried cheese Friday - like serious craving!!! So I decided to do something about it and make me some! It's really simple and delicious.
Oil for frying
I went over to my Mom's to make these - fried cheese is best when shared. We used three types of cheese:
White Sharp Cheddar
Swiss Emmentaler Cheese
After trying all three, we both really like the Swiss the best. This can be found in the specialty cheese section of your store. I was a little leery of trying the Swiss - but the taste was spectacular - so much better than mozzarella. I strongly suggest you try the Swiss when doing this.
Cut your cheese into sticks or bite size pieces. I did small squares and strips - either worked well, so it is just your preference.
It is important that you let your cheese get to room temperature before going on to the next step.
Once your cheese is a room temp, dust lightly in flour. When your cheese gets to room temperature it allows the oils to come to the surface thus making the flour stick to it. The flour is what causes the batter to adhere to the cheese and fry up nicely.
I just used a box mix of beer batter and it worked just fine. Just make it to package directions. You need to have your oil nice and hot - around 350-375 degrees. You need it hot enough to brown the batter before melting your cheese. If your cheese starts melting out before your batter is brown - your oil is not hot enough, stop and let the oil get hot enough.
That's what I call FRIED FOOD PORN and I'm not ashamed to say I look at it!
Here it is fancied up on a nice plate! These are best eaten warm! And in case any of you are worried, we did dip and fry some cauliflower too, so it wasn't ALL cheese! (not that there's anything wrong with that)