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Fried Cheese Curds

An easy recipe for deep fried cheese curds for anyone not fortunate enough to live in or near Wisconsin. These crispy little bites are legendary in America’s Dairyland!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 601kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts vegetable oil or corn oil, for frying (see note 1)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup beer preferably dark, such as Guinness
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 pound cheese curds separated (see note 2)
  • Ranch dressing for serving, optional

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan or deep fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, milk, beer, eggs, and seasoned salt. The batter will be light and thin.
  • Working with 6 or 8 cheese curds at a time, add to batter, toss to coat, and remove with a wire strainer. Shake them to remove excess batter.
  • Drop the curds into the hot oil one at a time and fry until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with ranch dressing if desired.

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Notes

  1. Vegetable oil: Opt for a neutral oil with a high smoke point, like canola, peanut, or grapeseed.
  2. Cheese curds: You'll find dozens of cheese shops, cheese stores, and even cheese castles on I-94 if you drive through the heart of Wisconsin. All the local grocery stores and Kwik Trips carry them, too. If you're outside the natural boundary of America's Dairyland, Target carries curds nationwide that are pretty darn good (my biggest complaint is that the bag is too small).
  3. Yield: 1 pound of curds makes about 4 servings (4 ounces per serving).
  4. Make ahead: Like most deep-fried foods, cheese curds are best enjoyed immediately.
  5. Dipping sauces: Ranch dressing is classic (any creamy salad dressing is good), or try ketchup, mustard, marinara, or mayonnaise mixed hot sauce (like Sriracha). Or go cheese-on-cheese with cheese sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 1046mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Calcium: 838mg | Iron: 1mg