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Fried Cheese Sticks

OK, so it may seem like I have been frying a lot of food lately, which I have, but it's only because I like to use my frying oil as much as I can before I throw it out.  So, two batches of doughnuts, today's fried cheese sticks, and Sunday will be a batch of hush puppies to finish it off.

Here is how I made the fried cheese sticks this evening using some homemade Jarlsberg cheese.  If you want to make the recipe easier, and you don't have a large chunk of cheese to cut up, string cheese works great for this recipe too.

First, I started out my getting three "dipping stations" ready.  

Dipping station #1:
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour (freshly ground if possible)
  • 1/3 cup corn starch

Dipping station #2:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water

Dipping station #3:
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (I make mine in the food processor out of old bread)
  • 2 Tablespoons approximately of a mix of Italian herbs, your choice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all of the ingredients at each station well (but separately) and then proceed to dunk each cheese stick, starting at station #1 and proceeding through station #3.  Put all the dipped cheese sticks onto a tray and refrigerate while you are heating the oil to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Drop one cheese stick in the oil at a time and let it cook for about a minute.  (I tried to do two sticks at a time, but they tend to attract to one another and then fry themselves together - ugh.)

Keep them in a warm oven until you are ready to serve them.  

My family loved these cheese sticks that I made along with fresh bread sticks and homemade heirloom tomato marinara sauce.


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