This instructable will show you how to make deep fried cheese balls. This is a recipe that anyone can use to make a delicious homemade snack or appetizer.Preparation to heat the oil and prepare the batter will take about 10 minutes. The time to fry the cheese balls will vary widely depending on how many you want to make. One fried cheese ball takes a couple of minutes to complete, so ten will take about 30 minutes.
**WARNING! This recipe involves sharp utensils that can cause lacerations and hot oil that can cause severe burns.
Note: Ingredients will vary highly depending on how many cheese balls you would like to make. The amounts given below should provide enough for 10 cheese balls.
-1 Block mozzarella cheese (about 8 oz.)
-2 cups flour
-1-2 tablespoons salt
-1 tablespoon pepper
-2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
-2 tablespoons garlic powder
-3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
-Vegetable oil (approximately 3 inches of oil)
-1/4 cup milk (Skim, 1%, or 2% - it doesn't matter which)
-1 large egg
-1 large bowl
-1 small bowl
-2 forks (or 1 fork and 1 whisk)
-1 pair of tongs
Once you have gathered all of these ingredients and utensils, you are ready to start prepping the batter!
Step 1: Prepare the Deep Fryer and Batter
1. Pour the vegetable oil into the deep fryer
2. Plug in the deep fryer to start heating the oil
3. Mix the flour, panko break crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in the large mixing bowl
**CAUTION: Be careful on the amount of salt that you add. The other seasonings also have salt, along with the flour and bread crumbs. If you are worried about adding too much, just add a little less.
--Tip: Because of the amount of flour and panko bread crumbs, you will need to add more seasoning that you might originally think is necessary. These two ingredients dilute the flavors more than you think, so be generous with the garlic powder and cayenne pepper.