Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cheese + Fried: How Could You Go Wrong?

The Great Frying Cheese Experiment of 2009 (i.e. two dudes and a chick sitting around eating fried cheese) was a success.

It turns out, I rather like fried cheese. This was not really a surprise to me, as I come from Wisconsin and love cheese almost as much as life itself. Fried cheese curds, a Wisconsin delicacy, have always been a favorite of mine.

But I was surprised at how very different this cheese was than fried cheese curds.

Frying cheese, to me, looks and even tastes a bit like French toast sticks—albeit with a bit of a mozzarella-type undertone. The package recommended serving it with jam or syrup on top, and what do you know, it was actually quite tasty that way. I particularly enjoyed it with strawberry jam…mmmmm…..

Here’s a pic of my good friend Jonathan fryin’ up the cheese in a little bit of olive oil.

Here’s a pic of the cheese being fried up—shortly before we almost burned it. (If you buy this stuff, be sure to only let it heat up on one side on medium heat for about a minute or so—it fries really quickly.)

And here’s Iwanski, enjoying a delicious stick of fried cheese with jam on top.

He says he thought the cheese was “just okay,” but pictures don’t lie. He obviously enjoyed it. Also, he is a huge goofball.

I would definitely recommend this frying cheese (the Trader Joe’s brand, anyway—I haven’t tried any other brand) to anyone who likes cheese.

And I would definitely buy it again sometime. But at 100 calories and 7 grams of fat for just one ounce of the stuff (and that’s even before you fry it), I have the feeling this will just be a once-in-a-while special treat.


Lisa said...

Why can't stuff like this have the caloric impact of oh....celery? Looks yummy!

Barb said...

I wonder if pepper jelly would be good on it?

Sling said...

Damm..That really does sound good!
I found a Trader Joe's in our sister city about 20 minutes up the road.I think I'll try it.

sfoofie said...

so, yeah, the cheese is middle eastern. there are many types of delicious middle eastern cheese- why do you think I can LOVE Lebanon so much???

Anonymous said...

100 calories for a piece of cheese. That's not even remotely fair.

Random Thinker said...

I'll take my cheese melted on top of a nice big beef burrito, thank you very much.

sageweb said...

I almost wentby trader Joes to find that cheese yesterday..I decided against it..but it was very tempting.

rosemary said...

Jelly on cheese.....hum. Lucky for me there isn't a Trader's for hundreds of miles from me.

Fantastic Forrest said...

Yum. This reminds me of the lovely Monte Cristo sandwiches at Disneyland.

Cheese is love.

I'm off to Trader Joe's. Did you buy some stock in the company recently? You'll be getting some serious dividends, based on your readers' responses.

Mom said...

Sounds sinfully delicious.

Maria said...

I will eat just about anything fried. Seriously. I even eat onion rings and I hate onions. This looks really good!