Back a million years ago before The Hubs and I had kids, we used to enjoy fun things that normal people get to do. Things like going out to eat.
While today if we go to a restaurant, we have to go extra early to spare the large crowds from hungry child meltdowns, back then we would sometimes go early voluntarily and take advantage of happy hour specials. We would drink beers and order half priced appetizers while having uninterrupted conversations. It was an all around grand time.
One of the places we would sometimes go had these awesome little fried triangles of pepper jack cheese.
I randomly started craving these recently and thought not only would they be easy to whip up here at the house (where my food covered and screaming kids would bother nobody but us), but they would also be perfect for a Saturday Selection recipe.
I hope you guys will try these. They were silly easy to put together. I even managed to get these fried up while my Little Monkey was eating lunch.
See what I mean about food coverage? Sure, she’s cute now, but would you really like to sit next to that while trying to cut your $15 plate of chicken? Not exactly appetizing.
First you take a block of cheese and cut it into about 1/2 inch slices.
Then you lie them fat side down and cut them diagonally so that you have a cute little wedge.
Get out three bowls and fill one with seasoned flour, one with a couple of eggs and a splash of water, and another with plain breadcrumbs.
Now just dredge the wedges in each bowl, assembly line style.
But here is the big secret that I learned from my friend Giada De Laurentiis. Dredge them twice! Once they have gone all the way through all of the dunking stations, take them through again. This gives you that thick crispy crust that you get in restaurant fried cheese.
See what kind of fun things you can learn by keeping the Food Network on all day?
Then fry them up in about a quarter inch of hot oil for about 1 minute per side.
Crispy. Crunchy. Hot. Melty. Pepper. Jack. Cheese.
Now if only we could figure out a way to keep my kids neat and quiet during dinner. Then we would be set.
Fried Pepper Jack Cheese Wedges
1 8 oz block of pepper jack cheese
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten with a splash of water
1 cup plain breadcrumbs
enough oil for frying
Heat 1/4 to 1/2 an inch of oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.
Cut cheese into 1/2 inch slices. Then lay on side and cut diagonally to make two wedges.
Pour flour with salt and pepper, eggs, and breadcrumbs into three separate bowls.
Starting with the flour, dredge each wedge through each bowl and then repeat the process again.
Place on a baking sheet until ready to fry. They may be refrigerated or frozen at this point, but I would strongly recommend letting them come to room temperature before going into the oil.
When oil is hot, cook wedges for about 1 minute on each side. Drain on a paper towel and serve immediately.