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Deep-Fried Cheesecake Bites

Deep-Fried Cheesecake Bites
PREP TIME
30 min
COOK TIME
30 min
YIELDS
18 servings

Serve these warm, golden nuggets of cream cheese with a fresh strawberry dipping sauce at your next party.

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Ingredients

Cheesecake Mixture

8
oz cream cheese, softened
¼
cup sugar
1
tsp vanilla extract
½
cup graham cracker crumbs

Strawberry Sauce

1
lb(s) fresh or frozen strawberries, cleaned and quartered if fresh
¼
cup sugar
2
Tbsp lemon juice

Batter

Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
1
cup all-purpose flour
2
Tbsp sugar
1
tsp baking powder
¼
tsp kosher salt
1
cup whole milk
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Directions

Notes

Special equipment: a deep-frying thermometer

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Serve warm, with strawberry sauce.

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