7/20/10

Deep-Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds


Being that we live in such a "cheesy" state, we are naturally lovers of these squeaky little chunks of cheese called "cheese curds".  I'm not sure how readily available they are in other areas, but here in Northern Wisconsin they can be found anytime at the local grocery store. Freshness is crucial, and one way to tell if they are is to bite into one and see if it squeaks against your teeth. If it does, it's fresh.

Rich and I absolutely love our cheese curds breaded and deep-fried, and dipped in ranch sauce. Oh my, it is so naughty but delicious! You bite into the hot cheese curd and a big warm, melted string of cheese hits your mouth...salty and delcious! Who needs to go to the fair when you can make them in your own kitchen?

Deep-Fried Cheese Curds
1 lb. fresh cheese curds (white or yellow), room temperature
frying oil
1 c. beer
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder

Pour the oil in a deep-fryer or medium-sized frying pan deep enough that it'll completely cover the curds when submerged. Heat the oil to 375 degrees.



In the meantime, add together: eggs, beer, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well until it's very smooth and creamy. Drop the curds, a few at a time, into the batter. Lay the battered curds on a strainer and tap a few times to remove excess batter:



Put about 10 or so curds into the hot oil and fry for about a minute, or until light golden brown. If you overfry them, they will look like cheese splats instead of cheese curds. The oil must be at the right temperature because if it's not hot enough, you'll get soggy curds. Not good. Remove from oil with slotted spoon and lay on paper towel to soak up excess oil. Serve hot with sauce of your choice. MMMmmm!





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11 comments:

Tina Butler said...

Omygoodness Tanya these look so good. I gotta find me some cheese curds so i can make these. Not sure if Texas has them. But i will be hunting them down. How is Henry? I know you are enjoying your time home with those handsome boys.

Natasha said...

I love cheese curds!! I remember getting them when I visited my grandparents in NY. A special treat, since they didn't have them in OH where I grew up. This recipe looks delicious!

It's Something Beautiful said...

Oh my goodness! I love cheesecurds! I wait every year at the Minnesota Fair for these babies. I'm excited to try them out :)

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Michele said...

Oh Tanya...I love cheese curds...could be that I live in Wisconsin too, but even if I didn't, I would love those little fried, melt in your mouth, pieces of goodness!

Thanks for sharing the recipe...might have to try them!

Where abouts in northern Wisconsin do you live?

Hugz,
Michele

glitzen said...

Wow! Never had these. But I'm a huge fan of mozzerella sticks, and always order them at restaurants because they are warm and melty and the cheese stretches from the stick to your mouth..so yummy. :)

They look sooooo good.

SnoWhite said...

oh.my.goodness.

I love cheese curds -- my hubby and I get them every time we drive through your state :) We always test them to make sure they are squeaky!! Thank you for teaching me how to bring the state fair cheese curds into my own home.

I'm a new follower :)

tamilyn said...

All my siblings live in WI, but we are in MN-and we love cheese curds here too! Those look awesome!

Lisa said...

OMG, my husband is from Wisconsin and loves cheese curds. I'm honestly a little grossed out by them, but he says they're amazing. He keeps begging me to make them, so maybe one day!

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Munatycooking said...

Amazing pictures, made me hungry. I'll try them out as soon as I get my hands on some cheese curds :)