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Looking for a classic mid-western recipe? These Cheese frenchees deep fried grilled cheese are a favorite for the super bowl!

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As you already know, we love food and we love traveling, and of course we especially love trying out new foods while traveling. We seriously plan our trips around trying out what that area is known for in the food world. It’s so much fun and totally inspires us here at home. Cade alsways pushed for trying fun new places while traveling and I’m so grateful, but now I have a fun way to do the same thing from our own kitchen! Let’s start with how these Cheese Frenchees Deep Fried Grilled Cheese from Nebraska came about.

Let’s deep fry some grilled cheese sandwiches!


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There’s this awesome new cookbook out by Cook’s Country (and you know how I adore them!) called, The Cook’s Country Eats Regional Cookbook and it is so fun! We’ve always loved hearing about where you all live and the recipes your region is known for (hello funeral potatoes in Utah, haha) and we have been having the best time ever reading through the book at night and trying things the next day. I mean, I’d never even heard of Frenchees, but they are amazing!

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The cookbook is broken up by region and full of mouthwatering photos which is kind of a must in the world of cookbooks for me. We love the variety in the cookbook along with the fact that there aren’t just recipes but little blurbs about each one. We seriously feel like we have been getting to know our own country even better and we didn’t even have to leave our home.

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I kind of insist that you click the link above and buy one for yourself. I know both Cade and I would love to hear what some of your local recipes are and if any made it into the book! Here’s what we will be trying next, Buttermilk Pie, Pimento Cheeseburgers, Babka, Heavenly Hots and Chiles Rellenos Casserole! Have you had any of those recipes?

Can Grilled Cheese Sandwiches be Reheated?

The best way to reheat a grilled cheese sandwich without it becoming soggy, is to reheat in the oven.

Reheat at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasty crisp.

Do Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Need To Be Stored In The Refrigerator?

A grilled cheese sandwich should not be left out for more than 2 hours.

They should be wrapped in foil or plastic and stored in the refrigerator.


Cheese Frenchees Deep Fried Grilled Cheese

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Ok, we just had these and oh my gosh they are good! Frenchees deep fried grilled cheese. Craving more even now! ohsweetbasil.com

Cheese Frenchees Deep Fried Grilled Cheese

4.25 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 4 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Looking for a classic mid-western recipe? These Cheese frenchees deep fried grilled cheese are a favorite for the super bowl!


  • 8 Slices Hearty White Bread
  • 6-8 Slices White or Orange American Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Large Eggs whisked
  • 2/3 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Sleeves Ritz Crackers crushed into coarse crumbs
  • 3-4 cups Oil for Frying we prefer peanut or canola
  • Ketchup or honey mustard for serving


  • Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  • Lay out the bread and on each slice, spread mayonnaise until it has all been used, making it so that the sandwich will have mayonnaise on both slices for each sandwich.
  • Add 1 1/2-2 slices of cheese to 4 slices of the bread. Place the lid on, mayonnaise side down.
  • Cut each sandwich in quarters.
  • In a pie dish, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  • In another dish add the cracker crumbs.
  • Dredge each quarter in the egg and then the crackers. Place on the cookie sheet and repeat with all sandwiches.
  • Place in the fridge to rest for 1 hour.
  • Fill a dutch oven 1/2-3/4 full of oil. Heat over medium high heat. Too low of heat and the breading will just fall off and you'll have soggy sandwiches.
  • Cook 2-4 quarters at a time, about 1-2 minutes per side until golden and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from the oil to a paper towel lined plate or a cooling rack over a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  • Serve with ketchup or we prefer honey mustard.


Reheat by putting a little butter in a hot pan on the stove. Place grilled cheese in pan till warmed through.
Nutrition Facts
Cheese Frenchees Deep Fried Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 1682 Calories from Fat 1665
% Daily Value*
Fat 185g285%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 164g
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 139mg6%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • I used to eat tuna Frenchees in Longmont Co at King’s Food Host in the early 70’s. Very similar to cheese Frenchees. Both were so good..

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    • Hi Ellen! Ohhhh…I bet it was yummy with tuna!

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  • The video and your instructions do not line up. For example, you say to use a Dutch oven filled 1/2 to 2/3 full requiring 4 quarts of oil, but in the video its abundantly clear that you are actually using perhaps only a cup or two of oil.

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    • hi Jeff! It was only a small batch we were making for the video so we didn’t need all that oil 🙂

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    • Oh and as I’m not familiar with a quart, I didn’t realize your recipe is calling for 16 LITRES of oil. Seriously??

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      • hello again Jeff. Thanks for catching that error. Sadly those slip through every now and again with recipe plugins. The amount is 3-4 cups. So grateful our readers are quick on their toes. Best of luck and happy Friday to you.

  • oh my my!!!! so cheesy and delicious. 

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    • Sooooooo good! Now I’m craving them!

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  • I grew up in Nebraska and on cheese frenchies! There is still a restaurant chain in Omaha, NE that makes them. Don & Millie’s. It’s making me homesick! 

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    • They are so dang good! You’ll have to give these a try and let us know what you think!

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  • I cannot possibly be reading the nutrition information correctly- 4125 calories in one serving?? I realize deep-fried grilled cheese isn’t exactly health food, but ohhh man I don’t know if I can do it….

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    • We have been having some issues with our nutritional information calculating out correctly. That sounds accurate for the whole recipe, not just for one serving. I’ll look into it. Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

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  • Minot, ND. Our KFH made ham and cheese frenchy! They closed years ago, and this is the first I’ve seen the recipe. So excited to try the recipe with the cornflakes. Hope I can do it justice!  Thank you

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    • yay! enjoy! We would love to hear what you think!

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  • A True Nebraska Favorite but You leave out 1 ingredient the True Original Cheese Frenchee had 1 slice dill pickle in each qaurter of the sandwich

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    • Ohhhh I haven’t seen that but Cade would love it!

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  • Nebraska girl here!
    These are especially delicious served with a hot bowl of tomato soup on a chilly fall day!

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    • That would be perfection!

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  • I’m confused about the mayo. Is it on the inside of the sandwich or on the outside?

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    • Hi Nancy, it’s on the inside of the sandwich. 🙂

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  • Yes, definitely use crushed corn flakes. I grew up with King’s Food Host in Norman, Oklahoma. I’ve made these and they are incredible and just like King’s. Corn flakes is the way to go!

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    • Can’t wait to try that!

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  • Do you have to use a toothpick to hold it together when cooking or is there only enough oil in the pot to cover one side at a time?

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    • The mayo and breading helps hold it all together and so you don’t have to do anything. 🙂

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  • My Grandmother was a cook for Kings and I have made their recipe for Cheese Frenchees for over 30 years. They also had Tuna Frenchees. The only difference in their recipe was that they used corn flake crumbs. You can double or triple the batch, put them on cookie sheets, and freeze till firm, then package in ziploc bags. Take out and deep fry for quick and easy meals!

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    • Oh I love your tips!! Thank you!!

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    • Yea! I have savored the memories of King’s Cheese Frenchees I ate as a little girl in the early to mid 60’s in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I have many times tried to recreate the recipe. Good to know it was corn flake crumbs that they used. Oh, so good!

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      • I can’t wait to try the cornflakes now too!

    • I have looked for this recipe for a long time. I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where a drive in restaurant called Tiners served Cheese Frenchies, and also Tuna Frenchees. They were both delicious ! Great memories .

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      • Oh I’m jealous! I’d love to try the real thing!

  • Interesting recipe but the lack of editing is killing me…I can understand what you’re saying but an amateur cook might get really confused. You mention breadcrumbs but you really mean cracker crumbs. The instructions for the mayonnaise were very wordy and still not clear. Please, invest in an editor!

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    • Thank you for your advice. I’ll try to be better.

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  • Back in the ’60’s King’s Restaurant in Madison, WI served these … one of my favorites. They had telephones at each booth and you would call your order into the kitchen and they would bring them out to the table … oh, the Good Old Days!

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    • Oh that sounds so fun! I wish someone would bring it back!

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    • King’s Food Host! It was awesome in KC too. Memories. 🙂

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      • Oh I wish I could try it!

      • We went to the King’s Food Host in Overland Park, KS. Cheese frenchies were the best!

      • Oh I wish I could try them there!

  • Well, if there’s a way to get me to Nebraska, THESE would be IT! So gooey and cheesy and amazing!

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    • Haha, that’s just what I said!

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  • i would be interested in looking at more of your site, however there’s so many ad pop ups that i was turned off.

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    • Hmmm, there shouldn’t be Pop ups, just in image ads. Unfortunately ads are the way we make a living as the site is a full time job. I do hope you’ll return.

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  • That cookbook looks SO interesting. I’d love to know what sort of recipes they have from Michigan. And whoa – deep fried grilled cheese? I had no idea such an item existed, but now all I can think about is trying it soon!

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  • DEEP FRIED GRILLED CHEESE is a real thing on planet earth? I seriously just had a major taste bud explosion. I DEFINITELY need this for lunch today! Pinned!

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    • Right?! I had never heard of them!

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  • Oh my goodness, these look awesome!!! I pinned the cookbook and hope my kids take notice and order it for me for Christmas!!! How would these deep fried grilled cheese taste with some thinly sliced ham between the layers of cheese? Then using a raspberry jam for the dip…oh, yum!!!!!

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    • Haha, I love that idea for Christmas! I’m going to start pinning as hints too! I’ve totally been wanting to try a ham version so I’m thrilled to see you say the same!

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  • my life will not be complete until I try a deep fried grilled cheese!!!

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    • No. really. It is so darn good!

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  • There used to be a Kings Food Host in KC in the 60’s that served cheese frenchees – they were delicious. I don’t deep fat fry these days, but they sure bring back good memories.

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    • Oh, I wish I could have tried them!

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  • Wow! Now that does look good. Cheese can always be found in our house and this sounds like a tasty dish for it. Like the sound of the cookbook too.

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    • It’s seriously one of our new favorite cookbooks. I love discovering regional faves.

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