Deep-fried taleggio cheese with strawberry sauce

Gino D'Acampo rustles up a fabulous combo of crisp crumbed Italian Taleggio cheese and a simple but special strawberry sauce
By Gino D'Acampo
Deep-fried taleggio cheese with strawberry sauce
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 2 hrs chilling for the cheese
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

main

  • 4 thick slices of taleggio cheese, each 100g
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • 200 g breadcrumbs, lightly toasted
  • 1 litres sunflower oil, for frying
  • 3 handfuls of strawberries, chopped
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt, and freshly ground black pepper

Method

1. Dip each slice of the Taleggio cheese in the flour, then into the egg and then coat the slices with the breadcrumbs. Place them on a plate and leave them in the fridge for 2 hours.2. Place the strawberries in a pan together with the water and the balsamic vinegar and cook over a gentle heat for 3 minutes until they start to soften. Leave to cool.3. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer to 180°. Coat the cheese slices once again in the breadcrumbs and deep-fry them 3 minutes, until they reach a golden colour.4. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.5. Pour a little pool of strawberry sauce in the centre of a plate, and then place a slice of cheese on top. Serve immediately with some fresh bread.

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