Cheese Frenchees Deep Fried Grilled Cheese

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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!

 

Have you had these?! Frenchees deep fried grilled cheese but it's even better than that! Just make them! ohsweetbasil.com

 

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!

 

Have you had these?! Frenchees deep fried grilled cheese but it's even better than that! Just make them! ohsweetbasil.com

 

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!

 

The coolest cookbook, eat around the country without ever leaving your house! ohsweetbasil.com

 

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.

 

Have you had these?! Frenchees deep fried grilled cheese but it's even better than that! Just make them! ohsweetbasil.com

 

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?

Cheese Frenchees Deep Fried Grilled Cheese

These are our new favorite appetizer for parties! Frenchees are deep fried grilled cheese sandwiches and they are amazing! ohsweetbasil.com

Cheese Frenchees Deep Fried Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 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 Quarts Oil for Frying (we prefer peanut or canola)
  • Ketchup or honey mustard for serving

Directions:

  1. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  2. 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.
  3. Add 1 1/2-2 slices of cheese to 4 slices of the bread. Place the lid on, mayonnaise side down.
  4. Cut each sandwich in quarters.
  5. In a pie dish, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  6. In another dish add the cracker crumbs.
  7. Dredge each quarter in the egg and then the crackers. Place on the cookie sheet and repeat with all sandwiches.
  8. Place in the fridge to rest for 1 hour.
  9. 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.
  10. Cook 2-4 quarters at a time, about 1-2 minutes per side until golden and the cheese is melted.
  11. 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.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4-8 servings, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 4125 Calories
  • Total Fat: 454.5g
  • Cholesterol: 65.9mg
  • Carbohydrates: 17.1g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Sugar: 2.8g
  • Protein: 9g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

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45 comments on “Cheese Frenchees Deep Fried Grilled Cheese”

  1. 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! 

  2. 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….

    • 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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?

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!!!!!

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.