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Cheddar Bites

by Emma on June 27, 2011

in Snacks

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!).

xo. Emma

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Taylor June 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Have you had the fried cheese curds at Culver’s? Do they have Culver’s there? I’m sure yours are better, but for someone who is challenged in the kitchen, they are oh so good! I love cheese and fried is of course even better! They are building a Culver’s a couple miles away from my house. Come end of summer I might not look so pretty!

Marisa June 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I love fried mozzarella and I love cheddar cheese, so these seem like the perfect combo. Hope I try this recipe soon! Since you do mostly eat healthy foods, I would love to know some quick and easy go-to snacks that you enjoy. I’m trying to eat better, but also keep it varied. Whatdyathink?

April June 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I love fried cheese. Living in Wisconsin, fried cheese curds are served everywhere, and I’m constantly on the hunt for the best ones in town.

Andrea June 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I heard that same guy – fried kool-aid sounds weirdly enticing. You know what the fried Florida specialities are? Fried Cajun Gator Balls. (I don’t eat them) I guess you can pretty much fry anything?

Kelsi June 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Oh, I am totally down with anything fried. Especially when it is cheese. I blame that on the fact that I grew up in Alabama and currently live in Arkansas. It’s not my fault, really. ;)

Jana June 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Like Kelsi, I grew up in the south, and we fried everything but the kitchen sink and I ate me up some fried okra. Now when I see chefs fry goat cheese for a salad, I feel triumphant. Fried cheese can be sorta fancy! And it’s the BEST treat.

Amber Ybanez June 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Fried Pride = what I took away from this post!! Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emma June 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Amen, Amber. Amen. :)

California June 28, 2011 at 12:54 am

i believe the business is called Chicken Charlies! (it’s not a restaurant so much as a traveling food stand). i live in southern cali and every year that business comes to the county fair. this year the new food is the kool-aid, like you mentioned, but last year the new fried food to try was FRIED BUTTER! bleh! his fried olives and avocados are sooooo delicious though

Savannah June 28, 2011 at 1:04 am

Oh my, that sounds so absolutely delicious that I might just be in trouble…

Alyssa June 28, 2011 at 3:10 am

I whole-heartedly agree with your thoughts here, what’s so wrong with indulging every so often anyways!? life is short :) I feel like I heard something about fried kool-aid something the other day too, weird! I think it’s awesome that guy was so into what he was doing, I’m jealous.

I heart cheese!

Anna June 28, 2011 at 4:13 am

in lisbon there is this place called Nood and they have these things called “Cheese Noods” fried delicious cheese. pure pure trouble that fried cheese…

Miranda June 28, 2011 at 4:41 am

I agree, we all love deep fried cheese. Never had it, but I know I love it. I must try this out, it sounds killer!

Amy June 28, 2011 at 5:30 am

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/fried-kool-aid-sold-at-county-fair-13829878?tab=9482931&section=1206839&playlist=2737498
Here’s the fried Kool-aid guy’s interview, his name is Charlie Boghosian.
And in other Kool-aid news, this video is kind of silly but it makes me snort when I laugh:
(Hot Kool Aid) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwTsZHGQ6FE

MK June 28, 2011 at 5:33 am

i make my own mozzarella sticks by cutting string cheese in half and breading and frying them. YUM.

Iris June 28, 2011 at 5:45 am

Hahaha! I looove this post. Fried cheese is the best ever and these things are basically little pizza bites. AWESOME.

Melanie's Randomness June 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

Cheddar bites? Not everyday but I love fried cheese. Soo Soo Yummy! =)

Kelly June 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

umm yum! It looks absolutely scrumptious! :D I love fried everything, but in moderation of course.

geek-betty June 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I LOVE friend fair food. It doesn’t feel like fall until I’ve had something fried…on a stick.

LIZZY July 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

OMG I Love fair food! I think you are talling about “chicken charlie” Hes the west coast fried master! I Live in San Diego and get to enjoy the fair every year for about 3 weeks. I ALWAYS have to stop at charlies… And yes this year there was fried Cool-Aid And it was great hahaha. Its like pankacke batter with cool-Aid! But one of the best ones are deep fried thin mints!! <3

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