April 6, 2015

Deep Fried Cheese Curds

On the Menu Today~
Deep Fried Cheese Curds

Deep Fried Cheese Cusrds
are a true Wisconsin Favorite~


Did You Know?
When the Chicago Bear Fans began to taunt their
Northern neighbors with the nickname "Cheesehead"
Wisconsinites embraced the insult.
In 1987,
a man named Ralph Bruno,
showed up to a Milwaukee Brewer Game
wearing a cheese-shaped hat made out of foam from his mom's couch.
What does that have to do with Cheese Curds?

Here in Wisconsin we love our cheese and
we love our cheese curds....
deep-fried or in the form of a foam hat!

Deep Fried Cheese Curds~

Wisconsinites love their cheese curds.
In fact, we love our cheese so much that
we wear silly hats in the shape of cheese wedges on our heads...
very popular at Green Bay Packer Home Games and
a real fashion statement.

We can even be spotted in the crowd of our opponents home games...
wearing these silly cheese "hats" made of foam on our heads.
We even "jump around" during
Wisconsin Badger Home Games...
a great way to keep warm...and make new friends.

Here in Wisconsin we even have "Sausage Races"
held before the bottom of the sixth inning
at every home game of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Read more about the history of the foam Cheesehead Here~

We call ourselves cheeseheads,
some of us more reluctantly than others...
some of us with great pride in our voices..
After all, we are all cheeseheads at heart.

We all love to eat cheese...
any and all kinds of cheese...
but our favorite is....
cheese curds a.k.a squeaky cheese a.k.a cheese turds.....
a term loved by children.

A true cheesehead can't live without...
the ultimate cheese favorite....
deep-fried cheese curds.

Drop Cheese curds in
beer batter, toss to coat..
drop them into hot oil,
fry until crisp and
serve them with ketchup~
Pure Heaven and Pure Wisconsin..

Every restaurant, bar, bowling alley, and
fast food joint in Wisconsin,
serves their own recipe for deep-fried cheese curds.
They come as a monster size appetizer or
served alongside a bar burger or sandwich.
They are often served as a side order,
along with french fries and onion rings.
They are a favorite at local fairs, festivals and picnics.
Wisconsinites who move away from home
have been known to crave these tasty treats.

When my daughter and her husband lived in Georgia
the first thing they did as soon as
they hit the Wisconsin State line...
was make a b-line to the nearest
drive-thru and order cheese curds.
I'll take two large orders of curds please~

Cheese Curds are an uniquely Wisconsin delicacy.
Cheese curds are formed as a
by-product of the cheese making process.
Most Cheese Curds in WI
are of a cheddar cheese variety with
mozzarella cheese curds coming in second.
Cheese curds are little known
in locations without cheese factories.
Cheese curds should be eaten fresh,
making cheese curds in high demand.
Many cheese factories in Wisconsin
have started making cheese curds on a
daily bases to meet these demands. 
Wisconsin is one of the top producers
of cheese in the United States.

Much of Wisconsin cheese is made on small,
family owned and operated farms and
in cheese factories that have been making cheese for generations.
Cheese making began in the 1840's
when immigrants from Switzerland and
Germany brought with them their traditions,
along with secret recipes of cheese making to Wisconsin.

Deep Fried Cheese Curds

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat 3 to 4 inches of oil in a deep, heavy cast iron skillet to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine egg, 1 tablespoon oil and beer. Whisk together.
  3. Stir together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add to egg/beer mixture, mix until smooth.
  4. Drop cheese curds into batter, using a fork, toss to coat.
  5. Drop a few curds at a time into hot oil, fry for a few minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Remove curds with a long handled wire mesh strainer. Drain on paper towels. Season with salt while still warm. Serve with ketchup.

Deep-fried, Cheese

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