Fried Bacon Cheddar Balls


Fried Bacon Cheddar Balls

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Breaded creamy cheddar balls packed with bacon and topped with Italian parsley

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    A panko crumb coating ensures that these balls will be golden brown on the outside . It’s best to serve them warm while the cheese is melty and oozy on the inside.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 18
    ½ (8 oz) pkg Hy-Vee cream cheese, softened
    1 c. Hy-Vee shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz)
    ⅓ c. crumbled crisp-cooked Hy-Vee bacon (about 4 strips)
    1 Hy-Vee large egg
    1 c. Hy-Vee club soda
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee cornstarch
    ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    2 c. Hy-Vee panko bread crumbs
    2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley, plus additional for garnish
    Hy-Vee vegetable oil, for frying

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      1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper; set aside.
      2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until firm.
      3. In another medium bowl, whisk together egg and club soda. Gradually whisk in flour, cornstarch and salt. In a shallow dish, combine panko crumbs and parsley. Dip cheese balls in egg batter; coat in panko mixture. Repeat dipping and coating. Return cheese balls to baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes or until firm.
      4. In a large saucepan or deep-fat fryer, heat 2 inches vegetable oil to 365 degrees. Working in batches, fry cheese balls about 2 minutes or until golden and crisp, turning occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
      5. Transfer cheese balls to a platter. If desired, garnish with additional parsley. Serve warm.
      6. Make-Ahead Tip: Place fried cheese balls on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Keep warm in a 200-degree oven.
      7. *Nutrition is based recipe before frying*

      Nutrition facts


      100 Calories per serving
      Serves 18

      Amounts Per Serving

      • Total Fat: 5g
      • Cholesterol: 25mg
      • Sodium: 135mg
      • Total Carbohydrates: 11g
      • Protein: 4g

      Daily Values

      Vitamin A 6%
      Vitamin C 0%
      Iron 2%
      Calcium 8%

      Recipe Source:

      Hy-Vee Seasons Holiday 2016.