Smažený Sýr – Czech Fried Cheese

Smažený sýr (literally “fried cheese”) is a Czech and Slovak cheese-based dish, widely spread in both countries, thanks to the former state of unification.

A slice of cheese, usually Hermelín or Edam (Czech: Eidam) and about 1½ cm in thickness, is breaded with flour, egg and breadcrumbs and fried either in a pan or in a deep fryer. It is often served with a side salad, potatoes (fries or boiled potatoes), and typically with tartare sauce (or mayonnaise). In Czech fast food outlets, it can be also prepared in the form of a sandwich (i.e., between two slices of bread, usually something similar to a hamburger bun). The usual complement is tartare sauce (Czech: tatarská omáčka)

Smažený Sýr - Czech Fried Cheese
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  • 4 x 1½ cm thick slices of Edam, Gouda or Swiss cheese
  • salt, to taste (optional)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large beaten egg
  • ⅔ cup breadcrumbs
  • oil, for frying
  1. Sprinkle cheese with salt, if desired.
  2. Dredge slices in flour, then in beaten egg, and finally in bread crumbs. (Make sure the cheese slices are completely covered).
  3. Fry quickly in hot oil or shortening until golden brown. Serve immediately with french fries and tartare sauce.
Serve with a few baked cherry tomatoes if you like

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