Oh my goodness. There should be a big ‘danger’ sign next to these copycat Culver’s cheese curds. Danger because you’re going to want to eat them all. Then you’re still going to want more. I so couldn’t stop eating them. They have this delicious crunchy outside. And tender, gooey, cheesy, melty, yummy insides. I thought I might need some sort of dipping sauce. Ya know, Ranch dressing maybe. Or warmed marinara. But oh no. Nothing else required. Just a lot of moaning with each every bite.
I used dill cheese curds for my copycat Culver’s cheese curds. The dill went very well with the Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs. You can use anything you want. I have a container of jalapeno cheddar curds in my fridge right now. I think they’d be great with just regular breadcrumbs, seasoned with a bit of cayenne pepper for an extra kick!
I usually deep fry in my big fryer if I’m making a big batch and feeding a crowd. But if it’s just the two of us I’ll get out my Fry Daddy.
Combine flour and salt in a shallow bowl. Stir to the salt is incorporated evenly. Break eggs into a second shallow bowl with 1 tablespoon of milk. Beat the eggs. Place breadcrumbs into the third bowl.
Coat the curds first with flour, then the egg, and finally the bread crumbs. It is very important to coat the cheese curds evenly and thoroughly. Place coated curds on a wire rack resting in a rimmed baking sheet. Freeze the cheese curds for 30 to 60 minutes.
Set up another wire rack on a baking sheet or line a plate with paper towels. Pour enough oil into a large skillet or a pot to reach about 2 inches of oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Use a thermometer to make sure the temperature is 375 degrees.
Frying a few curds at a time, carefully drop a few in at a time. Do not crowd the skillet. Fry for about 1 minute, turning them once. Cook until they are golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon. Enjoy immediately.
I set out to make a great side salad for last night’s dinner. Nothing too complicated, though. A mix of greens, of course. Topped with sliced roasted beets (a favorite in our house!). Next, I needed croutons. Oh, but not the ‘usual’ croutons. Not dried crunchy bread croutons. Nope. Cheese croutons. Glorious fried goat cheese croutons, to be exact! Oh, what wonderful little bites these are. Decadent. Delicious. Dangerous.
I wouldn’t make these fried goat cheese croutons every day, but I could. They’re very tempting. The only way I kept from eating more of them was to convince myself that by being ‘good’ I could have them again tomorrow.
If I’m cooking for a crowd, I’ll break out my big deep fryer. But, if it’s just the two of us, I’ll fire up my Fry Daddy fryer. It’s the perfect size for both of us. It fries everything perfectly. And as an added bonus, it doesn’t use a lot of oil, which saves me money.