How to deep fry a grilled cheese sandwich

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How to deep fry a grilled cheese sandwich
Deep-fried grilled cheese sandwiches can sometimes be found at state and county fairs. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

It's hard to improve upon the classic grilled cheese sandwich: hot, goey cheese between two golden-brown, buttery slices of bread. However, many people enjoy grilled cheese with additional ingredients such as ham, bacon, avocado, turkey and even fried eggs. For a whole new experience in decadence, batter and deep fry your sandwich after grilling it. It's similar to a Monte Cristo sandwich, which is essentially a fried ham and cheese sandwich.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 quart oil
  • Deep fryer or deep pan
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 slices bread (thick-sliced)
  • 3 slices cheese (any kind)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Non-stick griddle
  • Slotted spoon
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Heat 1 quart of oil in the deep fryer set to 365 to 375F. If using a pan on the stove, set the burner to high.

  2. 2

    Combine flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl and the egg and water in another. Combine the ingredients from each bowl and mix until smooth. Set aside.

  3. 3

    Spread each slice of bread with one tbsp of butter on one side.

  4. 4

    Lay the bread butter-side down and place the cheese on top of one. Cover the cheese with the other slice of bread, butter-side up.

  5. 5

    Grill the sandwich for 2 to 3 minutes on both sides on the heated non-stick griddle until the sandwich is golden brown and the cheese is fully melted.

  6. 6

    Dip the sandwich into the flour and egg mixture.

  7. 7

    Heat oil in the deep fryer of deep pan. Immerse the sandwich into the hot oil. Allow the sandwich to fry into the oil for 3 to 4 minutes, until the batter is golden brown.

  8. 8

    Remove the sandwich from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Cut in half. Serve. Repeat the process to fry more sandwiches.

Tips and warnings

  • Season the flour with spices if you want to give the sandwich more kick.
  • Thick sliced bread is best to use to help absorb some of the oil so that the sandwich won't be overly greasy.

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