Yes, this post is about fried cheese.
I was listening to this interview on the radio the other day and it was with a guy who owns one of those food stalls at county fairs. He said he’s at all the county fairs in Southern California. I didn’t catch his name or the name of his… um… restaurant.
But he was talking about fried foods, as every year he comes up with a new fried concoction. He’s done fried ice cream bars, twinkies, pickles, etc. (the usual, yeah you know). This last year he came up with a fried Kool-aid treat. It sounded something like fried doughnut holes that tastes a lot like Kool-aid.
And I won’t lie, that didn’t sound too bad to me.
What I really loved about the interview was how proud the man sounded. You could tell that he truly was totally into his business. He spent a lot of time thinking up new fried treats and perfecting his recipes. He felt pressure to out-do himself every year. And I just loved that.
I know fried foods are not good for you, but I’m not suggesting that you eat them everyday. And I’m not going to try to pretend that fried foods will ever achieve the “foodie” status of a perfectly poached egg or brick oven prosciutto and fig pizza (or whatever). But I like fried foods now and again, and I LOVED how this man took so much pride in his fried-food stand. So cute.
These cheddar bites are cubes of breaded and fried cheddar cheese. And they are, like, awesome! Serve along with some kind of mariana dipping sauce and watch your family and friends swoon. (Because we all secretly love fried cheese, even if we don’t want to admit it.)
If you want to make your own at home here’s how:
-Cube some mild or sharp cheddar cheese. Dip the cubes in flour, then lightly beaten egg, and then Panko bread crumbs + a little dry oregano. Place breaded cheese cubes on a plate.
-Once all the cubes are breaded stick the plate (uncovered is fine) in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
-Heat about 1-2 inches of oil (I used vegetable) in a deep pan or dutch oven until pretty hot. My stove top has numbers for how hot you can make the heating coil, I had mine around the 5 or 6 mark (out of 9).
-Fry cheese just until the bread crumbs start to brown, then remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels. It’s really important that the cubes are nearly frozen before you fry, otherwise the cheese may melt too quickly. So if you are doing quite a few at once, leave some in the freezer while you fry the first batch (I learned this lesson the hard way!).