gooey jalapeño monterey jack cheese sticks

The other day at Costco I found red chilli pepper jelly and it made me think of the super yummy fried cheese sticks that were served with a similar dipping sauce at Red Robin’s.  Haven’t had those in years!  They are totally superior to your basic fried mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce (not that I would turn those down).  Anyway, I decided to try and make some at home.

250 g of monterey jack cheese with jalapeño peppers  /  1-2 cups of panko bread crumbs  /  ~1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour  /  1-2 eggs (beaten) /  red chilli pepper jelly  /  canola oil for frying

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Heat up the canola oil to ~350F either in a large pot or in a deep fryer (if you’re using a pot just make sure there’s at least an inch of oil in there).  Slice up the cheese into roughly 2 cm thick slices.  Set up a breading station and first coat the cheese slices in the flour.  Next, coat in the egg and then lastly, in the panko bread crumbs.  Make sure that each slice is completely coated.

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When the oil is ready, carefully place the cheese sticks into the oil and fry for about 30 seconds.  Be careful not to over-fry because that’s what I did initially due to overconfidence and lack of recipe!  The first batch I fried for about 2 minutes and all the cheese melted and leaked out and I was just left with a crispy shell with small remnants of cheese.  It was very disappointing!  So just keep an eye on the cheese and as soon as the coating is golden, take them out and drain on a paper towel.  The ones that I did not over-fry turned out great.  Serve with red chilli pepper jelly.

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