This June your child can celebrate Dairy Month by making baked cheese curds! And, you don’t have to live next to a dairy farm to enjoy this cheesy snack.
Cheese curds are the fresh, squeaky (no, really!) form that cheese takes early in the cheese making process. The curds are then pressed together forming the cheese we love to eat.
The entire family will love this wonderful treat!
What You Need:
- 6 ounces cheddar cheese
- Paring knife
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- Dash of salt and pepper
- 3 bowls
- Waxed paper
- Sheet pan
- 1 tablespoon oil
What You Do:
- Invite your child to research the cheese-making process for her favorite cheese!
- Invite your child to help cube cheddar cheese for making her own baked cheese curds. If you happen to have actual cheese curds already, great!
- She can measure and place the flour in the bowl and then add the cubed cheese.
- In another bowl she can add and whip the egg, and in the last she can measure and add the breadcrumbs.
- Now she can dredge the cubes of cheese in the egg and then the breadcrumbs and then place them on a plate covered with waxed paper. She can keep coating and putting the coated cheese on the plate until all the cheese has been coated.
- Invite your child to put the cheese in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Now she can pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. While she's waiting for the oven to heat up, she can position the frozen coated cheese on a sheet pan that’s been coated with the oil.
- Invite your child to put the cheese curds in the oven—but don't walk away! They bake fast! She can use a spatula to flip the cheese so they are browned on both sides. Make sure to use oven mitts!
- Once the cheese starts melting, she can carefully remove the baked cheese curds from the oven and share with friends and family!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.