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Tempura Fried Cheese Curds with Sriracha Mayo

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

These fried cheese curds are a perfect snack for happy-hour or while watching the game! Note: I like to start with about 2 tablespoons of Sriracha to 1/2 cup mayo and then add more from there. If you don't like spicy, I would start with 1 tablespoon of Sriracha.

Tempura Fried Cheese Curds
 1.25 lbs cheese curds
 1 cup cake flour, sifted
 1 cup very cold club soda
 Salt, to taste
 1 qt vegetable oil
Sriracha Mayo
 ½ cup mayonnaise
 2 tbsp Sriracha (more or less, to taste)
 1 small garlic clove, minced
1

In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the vegetable oil until it reaches 375* F. Meanwhile, whisk together the mayo, Sriracha, and garlic. Set aside. Combine the cake flour, club soda, and salt. You want to barely mix it. Some lumps are ok!

2

When the oil is heated, you can start the frying process. (You will know it's hot enough when a drop of batter sizzles and thoroughly cooks). Working with about six cheese curds at a time, dip the curds into the batter. Let some batter drip off, and then drop them in the oil. Fry them until a light golden-brown, about 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook, or they will turn into the aforementioned tempura Cheez-Its. Place the fried curds on a sheet pan lined with paper towels. You can keep them warm in a low-temp oven.

3

Serve the cheese curds immediately with the Sriracha mayo.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6