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.

You need:
Cheese
Flour
Beer Batter
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:
Mozzarella
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)

15 comments:

Brooke said...

Here I am sitting here, at midnight, thinking about how much I want a nice late night snack and I see this. OMG now I want friend cheese SO MUCH!! I'm surprised the swiss was the best - I've never had fried swiss, but it is certainly excellent in fondue! I'll have to give swiss fried cheese a try :)

Liana said...

Mmmmm.. so tasty!!!

Leanne said...

Oh my word, fried cheese? That CAN'T be good for you ;P

lovelyviolet5 said...

That looks so yummy!!I'm going to try this recipe!!Cheese is my favorite!All kinds of cheese believe me!!!

Helen (Nice Things) said...

I am obsessed with fried cheese. The local Italian to me does deep fried mozzarella but in breadcrumbs instead of batter. I might be dribbling a bit just thinking about it! I am definitely going to try this - after the wedding!

Brooke said...

BROOKE - Swiss melted just takes on a different flavor, it was just wonderful. I wouldn't try it with a regular hunk of swiss though, try the type of swiss I put on the post - it isn't that expesnsive, I got a good size block for around $5.00 which would make enough for probably 2-3 people.

LEANNE - It is so good for you it HURTS!! Lol - while not good for you every day, it can't hurt every once in a while :)

HELEN - LOL - yes, do wait until after the wedding! We tried it two ways, bread crumbs and this batter, the batter lets the flavor of the cheese come through much better than the bread crumbs. I would definatley reccomend trying it with a batter :)

Colette said...

Oh, yum! But I see this just as I'm about to go down to dinner ... which is salad =( Taco salad but still, doesn't compare with fried cheese LOL!

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Arie said...

Looks soo good!! I am going to try this one!! Thanks Brooke ;)

lazybeautiful said...

Looks so good! I'm going to try this out this weekend. :)

-Tammy

cookies and cups said...

holy &%@$! This looks insane!
I'm gonna be on the look out for that fry stuff! YUM!

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Makeup with MBA said...

Hi Guys, I'm from India and came across your blog. I'm a slave to my tastebuds and they were put on a restraint but I lost the control.They look so yummy,I've been away from home since the past month so can't even try this out.
I loved your blog and the cookies too.
Do visit my blog too..it isn't cool as yours.

Lucy said...

I'm drooling on my keyboard! I love cheese! Fried cheese is evem better. Swiss must be out of this world. Has much more tast than mozarella. I'll just look for now.