3 months ago

Appetizer idea: DIY Cheese Curds

Give your guests a taste of the Minnesota State Fair with these simple DIY deep-fried cheese curds! Unique to the Midwest, cheese curds are naturally formed as part of the cheese-making process. We recommend using Ellsworth Cheese Curds – the same ones that have been used at the State Fair for over 35 years! They’re delicious paired with Summit Summer Ale.

4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk or beer
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 (9-ounce) package fresh cheese curds, room temperature

Directions

  1. In a deep fryer or large pot, heat vegetable oil to 375-385 F. Make sure there is enough oil to completely cover the cheese curds while frying.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine egg, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and milk or beer until well blended. Add flour, sugar, salt and baking powder; mix until smooth.
  3. Drop cheese curds in batter. Using a spoon, turn cheese curds to coat thoroughly.
  4. A few at a time, drop the coated curds into the hot oil; fry approximately 1 minute or until brown and puffed, turning to coat all sides. Do not overcook, or the cheese curds will begin to melt and ooze through the coating.
  5. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels. Allow fried cheese curds to cool a couple of minutes before eating.

Recipe source: What’s Cooking America

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