Fried Cheese Curds
Fried cheese curds are a Midwest pub staple that can easily be made right at home. Little balls of cheese fried until crunchy. Dip them into marinara sauce or ranch and you have an appetizer or snack that fills that cheese void you’ve been looking for.
We are on to the first Mitten Movie Night of the holiday season. The tree is up, stockings are hung and I have to admit that I am getting pretty jazzed about it. Along with the holidays, Christmas movie watching and football playoffs you should always have a great snack on hand for that extra binge-worthy, lazy on the couch kinds of days. That’s where these Fried Cheese Curds come into play.
What movie pairs well with fried cheese and beer?
In the mood for a new Christmas movie? Check out The Christmas Chronicles on Netflix. Kurt Russell as St. Nick is pretty genius casting. Super cute and perfect to watch with the family.
What beer pairs well with Fried Cheese Curds?
The beer: Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co., Sconnie Smash
We just spent a wonderful few days for our youngest’s birthday in Wisconsin Dells. Yes, Wisconsin Dells can still be fun in the winter.
While the town was pretty dead and not many businesses were open, we stayed at Mt. Olympus which had an indoor waterpark. After a day of play, we hit Moosejaw Pizza & Brewing Co. for some great food (I even remade my favorite there, Portobello Mushroom Burger), homemade pop for the kids and a cold glass of beer for the adults.
I went with the Sconnie Smash. This beer was part of the Sconnie Beer line. It was so tart and flavorful, almost tasted like cherry pop. Before heading home we picked up a few 6 packs at the local liquor store.
For these cheese curds, I made them in the way of Culver’s. Some recipes call for using a batter but I like the breading on Culver’s curds so it was an easy decision of what method I would use.
Here is a pro-tip for making cheese curds: It takes time! Don’t plan on having these hot and ready in 20 minutes. You are looking more like 3 hours.
How to make Fried Cheese Curds:
Open the package of cheese curds and place them on a plate. Let them ‘sweat’ for about half an hour.
Set up an assembly line of 1 plate flour, 1 bowl of whisked eggs, 1 plate of breadcrumbs mixed with salt and Italian seasoning.
First, roll a cheese curd into the flour.
Next, dip the cheese curd into the egg.
Roll the cheese curd into the breadcrumb mixture.
Place on a large cookie sheet with a wire rack. Continue with the rest of the curds.
Put the cookie sheet with the cheese curds into the freezer and let sit for 30-60 minutes.
Set up a frying assembly line.
In a cast iron pan add the oil. Bring to frying level. On another cookie sheet add paper towels.
Add about 10 curds to the pan and fry for about 40 seconds, then flip. Fry another 10 seconds.
Remove and add to the paper towel sheet to drain.
Work these fried cheese curds in batches.
Once they are all cooked serve immediately with rach or my favorite, marinara sauce.
Make fried cheese curds and these burger & hot dog recipes:
And here you are…..
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from CopyKat.com
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