fried cheese

★★★★★ 3
By Jennifer Bass
from Richmond, KY

I first tried "fried cheese" at a restaurant. It was good, but I thought I could make it better. This has been a hit every time I make it!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This fried cheese is such a treat. There's a delicious mixture of cheeses that give these little cheese bites great flavor and a gooey texture. Dipped in marinara they make a great party appetizer or treat for game day.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
serves 16 appetizers
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For fried cheese

  • 1/2 c
    part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 3-4 oz
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 oz
    Asiago cheese, freshly grated
  • 3 Tbsp
    Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 lg
    egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c
    Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c
    Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp
    Italian seasoning
  • oil, for frying
  • warm marinara sauce, optional

How To Make fried cheese

Test Kitchen Tips
We were able to make 24 balls (1 tablespoon each).
  • Adding cheese to a large bowl.
    1
    In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella, Asiago, and Parmesan cheeses.
  • Egg and Italian seasoning added to the bowl.
    2
    Add the egg and Italian seasoning. Mix well with clean hands.
  • Pouring a bit of oil into the skillet.
    3
    In a medium-sized skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Forming the cheese mixture into balls.
    4
    While the oil is heating, take tablespoonfuls of the ricotta mixture and form into a 1 to 2-inch balls.
  • Breading the cheese balls.
    5
    Lightly roll the cheese balls into the Italian bread crumbs and then lightly into the Panko bread crumbs.
  • Slowly placing cheese balls into the skillet.
    6
    Carefully place the cheese balls into the oil in small batches. Do not overcrowd the skillet.
  • Frying the cheese balls.
    7
    Let cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, then carefully flip the cheese balls over with a slotted metal spoon.
  • Cheese balls fried until golden brown.
    8
    Once the cheese balls have a golden brown color, remove them using the slotted spoon.
  • Draining grease from the cheese balls.
    9
    Place on a paper-towel-lined plate to drain excess grease. Serve warm with warm marinara sauce.
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