Archive | November, 2012

Easy to Make Blue Cheese Fritters

29 Nov

Fritters can be made from nearly any food that’s covered in batter and deep-fried, although it sometimes goes by another name. Shrimp tempura, for example, is basically a fritter although it uses meat instead of vegetables or cheese. Fritters are so much fun to make because you can really let your imagination go wild! This recipe is a really interesting take on the classic fritter, which usually uses apple or banana.

If you’re looking for a really easy appetizer or side dish, this is by far one of the best blue cheese recipes I’ve made. Give these savory blue cheese fritters a try when you have company coming over or you want to introduce your family to something new!

Easy Blue Cheese Fritters

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 5 ounces bread crumbs
  • 2 ounces finely diced chives
  • 4 ounces corn starch
  • 1.5 ounces baking powder
  • 4 cups beer (may substitute Sprite)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 20 ounces Castello Soft Blue Cheese
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

Directions
1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, bread crumbs, baking powder, cornstarch, chopped chives, salt and pepper. Slowly stir in beer or Sprite and mix well.
2. Refrigerate batter overnight.
3. Divide the blue cheese into about 30 pieces and roll into balls. Refrigerate until slightly firm. Remove batter from fridge.
4. Dip blue cheese balls into batter until completely coated.
5. Carefully drop the fritters into the oil and cook for about one minute.
6. Cook fritters evenly and use a spoon to transfer onto paper towels. Allow to drain and cool before eating.

Nutritional Information
Per serving (two fritters)
450 calories
26g total fat
28 mg cholesterol
602g total carbohydrates
1.5g fiber
12.5g protein

Recipe Suggestions
Want to mix this recipe up a bit? Here are some more ideas you can try.

  • Try using 2 parts blue cheese to 1 part grated Parmesan cheese. This adds a really interesting texture and a saltier taste.
  • Season the cheese with oregano or lemon juice.
  • If you haven’t quite acquired a taste for blue cheese recipes yet, try making these fritters with 8 parts cream cheese to 2 parts blue cheese. This is a much lighter fritter and you can use reduced fat cream cheese to reduce the calories.
  • You can substitute the bread crumbs for Panko bread crumbs for a finer texture. You can also try seasoned bread crumbs if you want a little more flavor!
  • Mix slivered almonds and sweet red bell pepper into the blue cheese for a gourmet appetizer.
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