Recipe courtesy of Molly Yeh

Fried Cheese Curd Salad with Spicy Yogurt Ranch

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Spicy Yogurt Ranch:

Fried Cheese Curds:

Salad:

Directions

Special equipment:
a deep-fry thermometer
  1. For the spicy yogurt ranch: Stir together the yogurt, chopped jalapenos, brine and cream until smooth. Stir in the parsley, chives, dill, garlic powder and salt. Refrigerate the dressing while you make the curds and salad.
  2. For the fried cheese curds: Heat 2 inches vegetable oil in a large pot to 360 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack for draining.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, paprika, salt and cayenne. Add the cheese curds and lightly dredge in the flour, then remove to a plate. Whisk in the beer and egg until the batter is just smooth (don't overmix). Add a little more beer, if needed, to make it the consistency of pancake batter.
  4. Add half of the curds to the batter, then remove with a fork and gently drop into the oil. Fry until the batter is crisp and deep golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to the wire rack. Dip the remaining curds in the batter and fry in the same manner. Season all of the fried curds lightly with salt.
  5. For the salad: Spread the greens on a platter. Top with the tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes. Drizzle with about half of the dressing. Top with the fried cheese curds. Sprinkle with the chives and sunflower seeds. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve.

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