Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
I saw several recipes for fried cheese curds and baked cheese sticks. I searched for baked cheese curd recipes and found none, so I combined the two ideas and developed this recipe. After trying many variations of frying and baking cheese curds, I believe the keys to success are double breading, freezing before cooking and spraying with oil. I also pulled this off at a tailgate on the grill!
- In three trays set up a breading station, the first with flour (seasoned with salt and pepper), the second with eggs and milk (well beaten and seasoned with salt and pepper), and the third with bread crumbs (I use 1 box Progresso Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs).
- Working with a dry hand and a wet hand, move the curds through the three stations, flour first, egg wash second, bread crumbs third, back to egg wash and finally through the bread crumbs. This will double bread the cheese. The goal is to completely cover the cheese with the breading, and it does get messy.
- Place breaded cheese on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
- After all cheese is breaded, place the cookie sheet in the freezer until the curds set up. I like to freeze for a minimum of four hours. After they have set up you can store in a freezer storage bag.
- When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray each cheese curd with cooking spray and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes until brown and maybe one or two start to leak.
- Serve with marinara sauce.