Today I was tasked with creating a recipe using Kerrygold Skellig, a creamy, sweet Cheddar cheese. So many options went through my mind- baked potato soup with cheese, cheddar muffins, cheddar scones, cheddar pancakes, scalloped potatoes and many more. But I wanted something that felt more seasonal- Fall. Crisp. Warm and inviting.
We had some apples left over from our picking expedition and I’ve had apple pies made with cheddar cheese in the past, so I thought about a pie. Kerrygold Skellig is decidedly sweet with a very nutty, brown butter flavor. It’s not too sharp and is very creamy. I love it alone or on crackers and thought it would be a perfect match to apples. But then I began thinking bite sized and small. Donuts were my first thought, but no. Not quite. Then I thought about Fritters! And yes, that’s exactly the perfect choice! Sort of cake-like, yet fried balls and filled with apples, spices and oozing Kerrygold Skellig Cheddar Cheese. I could eat a dozen or so of these delightful Fall inspired morsels! And the whole house smells welcoming.
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. cloves
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbs. butter, melted
- 1 apple, peeled and diced
- 1 cup Kerrygold Skellig Sweet Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients- flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg, milk, vanilla extract and melted butter together. Slowly add to the dry ingredients mixing well so there are few lumps.
- Add the diced apple and the cheese to the batter folding both ingredients in.
- In a medium pot (3Qt.) add about 2" of vegetable oil over medium heat.
- With a large spoon, table or soup sized, drop dollops of the batter into the oil. Don't overcrowd the pot! Work in batches. You may have to flip the fritters over to cook all sides evenly. When golden brown remove with a slotted spoon to a plate prepared with paper towels to drain the oil.
- Once cooled a bit, you could create a glaze of powdered sugar and milk to drizzle over the tops of the fritters or just roll them in fine sugar to coat.
- These are great with a cup of coffee or tea. And don't keep them too close, as you may just eat them all!
Look for Kerrygold Skellig Sweet Cheddar in stores near you!
Disclosure: I received Kerrygold Skellig Cheddar Cheese to create this recipe as part of a contest. I was not compensated in any way for this post but this is my entry to a contest where I can win a year’s supply of Kerrygold products and a Kitchen Kit. Fingers crossed!