Thursday, April 5, 2012

From My Mom's Kitchen to Yours - Fried Cheese, Slovak-Style

In the spirit of sharing something delicious with you, I wanted to tell you about this awesome recipe for fried cheese, courtesy of my mom.  For those of you thinking about what's so special about fried cheese, I want to explain that it's a traditional Slovak food that we indulge in during special occasions.  Don't believe me?! You can ask the folks at
Koliba and see how it's done.

The difference between a Slovak fried cheese and something more American is that we fry long filet-like strips of a hard cheese (similar to Queso Blanco) and then coat it with tangy tartar sauce.  Typically served with peasant-style potatoes and some veggies, as you see above, it's often served during lunch.  In fact, my dad ordered a portion last time we were in Slovakia.  

So without further ado, here's my mom's version:

Slovak Fried Cheese with Tartar Sauce - A la Fooditka's Mama

Ingredients (serves 2)
4 1/4 inch pieces of queso blanco (you can buy this in a Hispanic market or look for it in the international foods section in a supermarket)
1 cup of flour

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup of bread crumbs (recommend panko)
Oil (canola or vegetable oil is good)

After you slice your cheese, cover each piece in flour, then dip into the egg wash and lastly in bread crumbs. Next step is frying. Make sure the oil is hot but watch it so it doesn't burn. You should go for a deep golden brown color (about 4 minutes on each side).

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Ingredients (serves 2)
1 medium pickle, finely chopped

1 - 1 1/2 tbs of mayonnaise

Combine ingredients and mix well. You can add lemon juice to give it more of a saucy consistency.

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