Three Cheese 
“Fondue Parmesan” (Fried Cheese Squares)
Preparation
20 MIN
Cooking
10 MIN
Chilling
4 H
Output
36 appetizers, approximately

Three Cheese 
“Fondue Parmesan” (Fried Cheese Squares)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) milk
  • 2 cups (500 ml) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 cups (500 ml) grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Salt and pepper

    Breading

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (250 ml) breadcrumbs
  • Oil, for frying

Preparation

  1. Line a 20-cm (8-inch) square baking pan with plastic wrap.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute over medium heat, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in the milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the Parmesan and Gruyère cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Add the mascarpone and egg yolk and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and press with a spatula to smooth out the surface. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until the mixture is firm. Remove from the pan and cut into 36 cubes.

Breading

  1. Place the flour in a shallow plate, the eggs in a bowl and the breadcrumbs in a second bowl. 


Assembly

  1. Dip each cheese cube in the flour, and then dip it in the egg and the breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet.
  2. In a deep skillet, pour the oil, about 5-cm (2-inch) high. Heat the oil over medium heat. Fry the cubes for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Serve as an appetizer or main dish with a green salad.

Note

Although the fondue parmesan squares cook well in a skillet, for perfect and consistent colour, use a deep fryer.