Deep-Fried Cheesecake Bites

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
18 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Cheesecake Mixture:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • Strawberry Sauce:
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen strawberries, cleaned and quartered if fresh
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Batter:
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
Directions
  • For the cheesecake mixture: Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Beat the cream cheese until smooth in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the sugar, vanilla and graham cracker crumbs and beat until well combined. Scoop 1-tablespoon balls of the cheesecake mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Freeze for about 30 minutes.

  • For the strawberry sauce: Meanwhile, combine the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved and the berries begin to break down and to give off their juices, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the seeds. Set aside.

  • For the batter: Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until the oil registers 350 degrees F on a deep-frying thermometer. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the milk and whisk until smooth.

  • When the oil is ready, remove the cheesecake balls from the freezer. Working in batches, add the cheesecake balls to the batter a few at a time, turning to coat. Remove from the batter, allowing excess to drip off, and then carefully add to the oil. Fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per batch (allow the oil to return to temperature between batches). Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on the paper towels.

  • Serve warm, with strawberry sauce.

  • Special equipment: a deep-frying thermometer


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