Few foods equal fried cheese when you are looking for a delicious comfort food. Use mozzarella cheese for a fried cheese with Italian flavors or use cheddar cheese for a fried cheese with American flavors. Adjust the seasonings to create precisely the fried cheese taste you desire. The ingredients are basic and the recipe is simple. In no time, you will be enjoying the delicious taste of fried cheese with a sauce of your choice.
Things You'll Need
- Cheese block (1 lb.)
- ¼ cup water
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 ½ cups bread crumbs
- 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, basil, oregano or parsley
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Cutting board
- Chef's knife
- Three shallow bowls
- Frying pan (12-inch diameter and at least 3 inches high)
- Vegetable oil
- Spaghetti sauce, salsa or pesto
- Cooking thermometer
- Paper towels
Place the beaten eggs into one of the shallow bowls and add the water. Mix well to combine. Combine the bread crumbs, the seasonings, the garlic powder, salt and pepper in the second bowl and mix well. Measure the flour and the cornstarch into the third bowl and stir to combine.
Pour approximately 1 inch of vegetable oil into the frying pan and place the frying pan onto the stove top. Set the burner to medium-high and heat the oil to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut the cheese into one-half inch thick slices. Cut each piece of cheese again corner to corner to make four triangles.
Spread a double layer of paper towels on the counter for draining the fried cheese.
Take one triangle of cheese and place it into the flour bowl. Coat the cheese with the flour mixture and then place the cheese into the egg bowl. Coat the cheese with the egg mixture and then place the cheese into the bread crumb bowl. Coat the cheese with bread crumbs. Repeat with all of the pieces of cheese.
Place the breaded cheese into the hot vegetable oil and fry on both sides until the cheese is golden brown. Watch the frying carefully because it does not take long. Remove the cheese from the frying pan when it is sufficiently brown and place onto the paper towels.
Serve while warm with spaghetti sauce, salsa, pesto or other dipping sauce.
Tips & Warnings
- Use cheese curds instead of a cheese block. Dredge and coat each cheese curd and fry.
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