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Wisconsin Beer Battered Cheese Curds

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A simple beer batter makes this feel like a true Wisconsin snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 whole Eggs, Beaten
  • 12 ounces, fluid Light Beer
  • 2 cups Cheese Curds, Room Temperature

Preparation

Add the oil to a medium pot, and bring to a medium-high heat. In the meantime, you can prepare the batter. In one bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix. In another bowl, beat the eggs and add in the beer. Mix. Combine the wet mixture with the dry mixture to form your batter. Make sure you mix well to get any lumps out of the flour.

Once your oil is heated through, dip a handful of the curds into your batter. I use a slotted spoon to scoop a few at a time, letting some excess batter strain, then carefully place them in the hot oil.

Fry them for only a minute or so, just until they turn a light golden brown. If they go too long, the cheese will begin to come out, and that is ok, but it’s better to keep the cheese in. You will figure this out immediately. If the oil is too hot, reduce the heat a bit.

Remove again with your slotted spoon, or cooking spider if you have one, and let them rest on some paper towels. Repeat with your remaining curds, as many as you want to serve.

Serve them warm with your favorite sauce. In my case, I went with a chipotle mayo sauce which was 1/2 cup of mayonnaise with one tablespoon of chipotle adobo sauce.

Cheese curds are a perfect example of the true beauty of Wisconsin, its cows, and its farmers. Enjoy.

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sarahmarie816 on 6.12.2010

I live in southern Missouri and there are always fresh cheese curds available at the farmer’s market! If you have a local dairy, you should check! You may be able to get curds and not even know it! Check your farmer’s market.

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texasgal43 on 6.3.2010

I had cheese curds for the first time last October at the Tulsa State Fair. As treysmimi said “being a southern girl” we don’t see those around here.

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kathyingreendale on 6.2.2010

“Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey….”

Curds are cheese before it is shaped into blocks. Whey is the liquid byproduct.

It’s just one of those things that can be found here in WI and northern states that produce cheese. I love country ham, but it’s not sold here in WI. I have to have my father in law send it from North Carolina. Regional delicacies….yum!

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treysmimi on 6.2.2010

Being a Southern girl…what are curds??? They look very delish but I honestly do not know what they are!

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mnheather on 6.2.2010

Being a midwesterner his makes me feel bad for anyone out there who cant get curds FRESH!

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