Deep-Fried Cheese Curds for a Better Tomorrow

It’s been a while since I opined about cheese, so I have to get it out of my system. Just humor me. At least you don’t have to live with me like the Boffin does. He has to throw the stuff at me and run away to preserve himself from bodily harm.

This is me with cheese, only far less cute.  Photo courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar.
This is me with cheese, only far less cute. Photo courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar.

Living so close to Wisconsin means I have access to a wonder that is called fried cheese curds. The curd is a by-product of the cheesemaking process during the coagulation stage and are about the size of unshelled peanuts. When they are fresh, they should have a firm, rubbery texture and squeak when you bite down on them. It sounds off-putting when I describe them. However, dip those puppies in a batter, deep-fry them, serve with your favorite dipping sauce, and you can tell mozzarella sticks to piss off.

When we are too lazy to drive to Wisconsin, we can go down the road to Culver’s. Culver’s is a somewhat-national fast food chain out of Wisconsin whose flagship foods are their Butterburger (They put butter on the buns of their burgers. There are factions debating whether this is a good idea.), their frozen custard (Worth it.), and their fried cheese curds. I admit, their curds are not as good as the freshly battered kind you would find in an independent restaurant, but it works in a pinch when you are having a craving and are short on time. Another bonus is their kids’ meals. Along with a cup of frozen custard, Culver’s gives them tokens to save up for better quality items, like stuffed animals and playground balls, rather than plastic tat that will be rendered useless minutes after the meal.

One of the best parts of the United States is its regional cuisine, and one of the nice things about moving and traveling so much around the country is being able to taste it. In summary, it’s fried milk fat, and it’s fun to eat as a treat. What more can you ask for?

7 thoughts on “Deep-Fried Cheese Curds for a Better Tomorrow

  1. I do miss deep-fried cheese curds, although I only ate them once a year, at the Minnesota State Fair. Everything we shouldn’t eat, all in one place. Almost.

    But y’know that photo of you? That’s not cheese you’re eating. Somebody had to tell you, so it might as well be me.

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  2. Ok, I had these for the first time in my life a few weeks ago in Milwaukee. I just have to say it—they’re disgusting. That opinion will probably get me banned from your blog 😉

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    1. Of course, you are not banned, Karen. You may have had one of those duff batches where the oil wasn’t hot enough, and you just received overly greasy lumps of rubber. You may have had a perfectly cooked batch and just plain didn’t like them. It’s OK.

      I hate lobster in every form, and you can imagine the flak I received living in Massachusetts. I was surprised I was didn’t have to wear The Scarlet Letter “L”.


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