I really only have three words for you on this: Deep. Fried. Cheesecake. Need I say more? Whip these up for your next party (or next time your sweet tooth is begging for something decadent) and enjoy!
The Pioneer Woman’s Deep-Fried Cheesecake Bites Recipe:
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 lb. fresh or frozen strawberries
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Vegetable oil (for frying)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup whole milk
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl or mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add in 1/4 cup of sugar, vanilla and graham cracker crumbs and beat until the mixture is blended. Take 1-tablespoon balls of the mixture and put them on the baking sheet, then freeze them for about 30 minutes.
In a saucepan on medium heat, add the strawberries, 1/4 cup of sugar and lemon juice and cook for about 5-7 minutes until the berries begin to break down, stirring often. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and puree the mixture until it’s smooth. Strain to remove seeds, then set aside.
Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a dutch oven or large, deep heavy-bottomed pot until the oil reaches 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and add the milk until the mixture is smooth. Once the oil is hot, remove the cheesecake balls from the freezer and add them to the batter a few at a time. Then, add them to the oil and fry until they turn golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove them from the oil and drain them on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Serve warm with the homemade strawberry sauce and enjoy!
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.