Smazeny syr

Smažený sýr (Czech fried cheese) and fried cauliflower


  • Wedge of Fontina or Havarti cheese
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • All purpose flour
  • Regular or Italian style bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for deep frying




  1. Use a knife to slice the cheese roughly about 1/2 inch X 3 inch X 4 inch pieces.
  2. Wash the cauliflower and divide into small flowerettes. Set in a colander to dry.
  3. Bread the cheese by covering thoroughly with flour, then dipping into a bowl of egg and milk, and lastly into the bread crumbs. Make sure all the cheese is covered by the bread crumbs, or cheese will have a place to escape out of when deep frying. Dip again in the egg/milk mixture, and again in the bread crumbs.
  4. Repeat this procedure with all the pieces of cheese. Bread the cauliflower, dipping into each bowl only once (only the cheese needs to be double-breaded).
  5. Fry the cauliflower first in a shallow pan of oil, about 1.5″ deep. When breading becomes golden brown, remove and set on paper towels.
  6. Fry the cheese just before serving.
  7. Serve with cold beer, mashed potatoes or french fries, braised cabbage, and a sauce consisting of: half light mayo / half light sour cream, chopped onions and pickles, and black pepper. I also like to serve it with the Swedish lingonberry sauce (available at IKEA or Cost Plus World Market) or cranberry sauce on the side.

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