Take your cheese sticks to the next level with these fried pimento cheese sticks!
FRIED PIMENTO CHEESE STICKS
1 recipe pimento cheese
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
1 jalapeno (seeded and minced)
2 cups all-purpose flour (for dredging)
canola oil (for frying)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
In a large dutch oven add 3-inches canola oil and heat to 360ºF.
Form the pimento cheese into a 1-inch thick block. Wrap in parchment paper. Place on a baking sheet and in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove and unwrap frozen cheese. Cut block into sticks, about 1-inch thick.
For the Batter: in a medium bowl add the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, baking powder and whisk to combine. Add buttermilk, eggs and jalapeno and fold to combine.
In a shallow baking dish add flour, season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Dredge cheese logs into flour, shaking off any excess. Dip logs into the batter, coating completely. Using forks, remove from batter and drop into hot fry oil. Allow to fry until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove to a paper towel lined baking sheet and season with Kosher salt.
– Make the batter ahead of time!
– Use the same batter for a corndog!