|Fried Cheese Curds
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs, well beaten
1 pound cheese curds, 1" to 1-½" wide
Peanut or corn oil for deep-frying
Combine breadcrumbs, cornstarch, cayenne pepper and chopped thyme in food processor. Process until breadcrumbs are finely ground. Place in a pie plate.
Place beaten eggs in another pie plate and flour in a third pie plate. Dredge the cheese curds in the flour, then the egg and lastly the bread crumb mixture.
Place battered curds on a baking sheet. Set in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Heat 3 inches of oil to 365°F to 375°F. Fry the cheese curds in batches until they are crisp and warmed all the way through. Season with salt and pepper (or anything you fancy!). Serve immediately.
To make Canadian style Poutine - serve cheese curds over French fries smothered with gravy - decadent!