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Deep Fried Cheesecake 
Jul. 14, 2009 5:54 am 
Updated: Jul. 20, 2009 1:00 pm

Mmmm…I am drooling just writing the title…I am generally not a sweet dessert person, but give me anything fried and I simply can’t control myself. More on this cheesecake in  a moment…

Thursday night dinner at Schnitzel House was excellent…we all had schnitzel…truly, schnitzel is the only thing on the menu except for a veggie plate. We took the dinghy over, as the restaurant is right on the water and a very short distance from the sailboat. After much good food and some questionable shots, I was poured back into the dinghy and Friday was not a happy day! So dinner was simple, fresh ravioli with peas and cheese and garlic bread.

Saturday, I finally splurged on the lamb chops I’ve been wanting- they were $11 for 3 silver dollar sized chops- but well worth it. When we took our cooking class in Paris back in May, we made lamb chops as an appetizer. Neither T nor I had made them before and have been eager to try them again at home. Very simple: the chops are prepped with salt and pepper, Herbes de Provence, and a little balsamic vinegar, then put on a cast iron grill pan until both sides are marked. They are finished in a 350 oven for about 5 minutes. For side dishes I made Roasted Brussels Sprouts and a mashed cauliflower au gratin. Total spent for the week was $87.59, so $17.41 went into vacation fund!

Sunday night was drinks and small plates at Lotus, an Asian restaurant on the harbor. They mainly do sushi, but also some interesting non-traditional dishes and rolls. We had Caribbean Spring Rolls, dumplings with pork and plantains, and a Royal with Cheese roll, wrapped in soy paper. This is one of my favorites- I don’t know what is in it except for filet mignon, but it tastes exactly like a Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonalds. (In France, a QP w/cheese is called a Royal w/Cheese…yes it’s in “Pulp Fiction”, but it’s also true!)

And then, dessert…cheesecake coated with tempura and deep fried. It was perfectly crispy on the outside, slightly melty on the inside. Yum. We shared, but T took my fork away after I stabbed him in the wrist. :)  I had tried deep fried Twinkies and deep fried Snickers a long time ago, but I think the cheesecake takes the cake (sorry). Does anyone out there have some deep fried favorites? The grosser the better!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Outside the butcher in Paris, shopping for chops
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T grilling chops in the cooking class
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Lamb Chops over Leeks and Shallots
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Jul. 14, 2009 5:59 am
I had deep fried gree tea ice cream at a Hibachi place. I don't think it beats deep fried cheesecake. We'll have to try that next time I make cheesecake.
Jul. 14, 2009 8:20 am
So was the cheesecake cut up in small bite size bites, or was it all one slice that was fried? That does sound really good I must say. I believe I will just have to give that one a whirl next time I have cheesecake just laying around the house asking me how many more calories I can pile on top of it. :} Seriously though, small bite sized pieces dipped in various toppings would be wonderful wouldn't they?
Jul. 14, 2009 8:42 am
I never had anything deep fried like that before, sounds good!
Jul. 14, 2009 1:26 pm
The cheesecake was one slice, but bite sized pieces sound good too!
Jul. 14, 2009 11:25 pm
Interesting! Keep sharing, please, especially specifics like how were the plantains prepared (boiled? fried? twice fried like tostones?)..... 
Jul. 15, 2009 5:29 am
I must add a word here. Deep-fried cheesecake sounds disgusting to me. I'm glad this is something I won't need to resist.
Jul. 15, 2009 4:45 pm
I saw Paula Deen do deep-fried cheesecake just this week. She drizzled chocolate syrup on it, dusted it with confectioners sugar (I'm sure that did away with the gazillion calories!) and I thought, OMG, that woman is trying to kill us! She bit into one and the outside was nicely browned and crispy. I say, taste it, enjoy it and if your heart doesn't stop, what the heck, take another bite!
Jul. 16, 2009 5:01 pm
North Carolina fairs feature more deep fried foods than anywhere I have ever seen! I love deep fried oreos! They also do deep fried pickles, twinkies, snickers, and about anything else you can think of!
Jul. 16, 2009 10:54 pm
Yep, We are in North Carolina and have tried deep fried pickles and they are pretty good. We also had deep fried Oreos. We tried making them at home for the grandkids and it was a disaster. They just melted away in a second flat.
Jul. 17, 2009 1:53 am
I have deep fried cheesecake nearly everytime I go for sushi! I used to be a manager at KFC and on slow nights I'd whip up some pancake batter (with a little less wet ingredients so it was nice and thick) and deep fry cheesecake and oreos for the employees. It was a lot of fun and everyone looked forward to it! =)
lara s.j 
Jul. 17, 2009 6:29 am
i never hear of deep fried cheesecake befor now i'll try it.sound good i know that when i make it i and granddaughter will enjoy eat the cheesecake that way thank you for the idea new way for cheesecake
Jul. 17, 2009 6:31 am
Fried cheesecake is my favorite! Some of the chain restaurants (like Applebee's) used to offer it years ago, but I can only find it at a few mexican restaurants now. By far, the best was at Buffalo's Cafe (a Southeast US chain). They wrapped it in a flour tortilla, deep fried it, and served it warm with strawberry sauce and ice was heaven!
Jul. 17, 2009 7:51 am
Yum! Never had fried cheesecake, but since cheesecake is one of my favorite foods, I guess I should try it!
Jul. 17, 2009 8:13 am
I had Tempura Cheesecake for the first time around 6 months ago. I moved to Houston from Long Island, where I never heard of it. OMG it was great. It has almost a filo dough type outer shell to it. I do not think it is filo dough but that is the only way I can explain it. I thought it would be disgusting so I tried my friends out first. Needless to say I ordered my own. BTW one they had at Applebee's and some other chains are nothing like the Tempura cheesecake we are referring to. This is much better. I am trying to figure out how they make it.
Jul. 17, 2009 1:01 pm
Hi Barbara, just happened onto your blog today and love it. Will be following you. We have a 44 foot Carol Ketch in our front yard that we plan to restore and sail around the world, so I'm excited to learn alot from your adventures.
Jul. 17, 2009 2:00 pm
Wow! You must have a big front yard! Thanks for stopping by!
Jul. 17, 2009 2:23 pm
I once had baklava cheesecake ... with phyllo dough on the outside. Had some Cheesecake lollipops once at a restaurant called Doc Harry's: cheesecake balls battered in crushed graham crackers somehow with a caramel dipping sauce. An alternative was rolled in oreos and served with hot fudge sauce. We almost flipped for who got to lick the plate.
Jul. 17, 2009 2:55 pm
My son and I thought fried pizza sounded good one day. We made a tempura batter with garlic and Italian seasoning and onions in it. We then cut up a frozen Tony's pizza into bite size pieces and dipped it into the batter and then fried it till golden brown. It turns out wonderful.
Jul. 17, 2009 3:58 pm
A local Mexican restaurant (near Vancouver, BC) offers deep fried ice cream - I haven't tried it but friends say it's not bad. Guess they put a cornflake type batter on the outside of a scoop of ice cream and then fry it.
Jul. 17, 2009 5:34 pm
I have had deep fried cheesecake several times at some local mexican restaurants. They wrap it in a tortilla, deep fry, and serve with a raspberry sauce drizzled on top.
Jul. 17, 2009 6:28 pm
I've made this by scooping the cheesecake into a ball, into the batter, into hot oil, and drizzled with rasberry puree. Sinful.
Jul. 17, 2009 10:50 pm
Barbara, Arby's (fast food chain) had cheesecake balls last year around Christmas that were really good. But I have to say that tempura batter is my favorite batter and using that for cheesecake never crossed my mind. I'll have to try that out. It sounds amazing. The grossest thing I've heard about being deep fried was bacon. I've heard others swear it's awesome, but never had the guts to try it myself - not even with a tempura batter! The coating in the recipe I saw seemed like a southern fried chicken steak type of breading or something like that - hard to describe.
Jul. 18, 2009 12:30 am
i love deep fried anything pretty much..but the only unique deep fried dish was..deep fried banana but with ice cream which tasted pretty good!
Jul. 18, 2009 2:32 am
Interesting hearing about all your deep-fried foods. In Australia we don;t really have those. A lot of chinese restaurants and fish & chip shops sell banana or pineapple fritters (battered & deep-fried)then served with ice cream and a caramel sauce. Really good.
Jul. 18, 2009 4:20 am
how do you fry the cheescake
Sharon M. 
Jul. 18, 2009 6:41 am
I AGREE! Fried chessecake is simply awesome! Had it a a Japanese hibachi restaurant and it was outstanding. They served it cut into squares, two per serving making it easy to share (if you REALLY want to share!) Perhaps it is a served at some Japanese restaurants. Great Blog!
Jul. 18, 2009 7:47 am
hey barbara great blog!! do you have a website for your jewelry? thanx!!
Jul. 18, 2009 10:47 am
Awesome blog, there is a chain steak house that serves up a pretty good fried cheescake, think it is lonestar steakhouse. Read your profile, envy very much living on the boat..Phins up!
Jul. 18, 2009 1:30 pm
Hey Barbara, love your blog! I stumbled up on while searching the site and saw that you live in the Caribbean Islands. My fiance and I are seriously thinking about moving there from CA in January. Do you have any advice? Where to stay away from? The best nightlife? Job opportunities? Any advice would be much appreciated!! Thanks a ton! Have a great week!! -Tonya
Jul. 18, 2009 1:37 pm
Hey Girls ever hear of Sonic drive Inn? They have deep fried cheese cake bites that are severed with warm carmel sauce for dipping... %2.99 here in Texas and you get five of them Yum yum...
Jul. 18, 2009 4:34 pm
Just thinking about all this deep fried foods is making me ill. I have 2 words to say "clogged arteries"!
Jul. 18, 2009 6:29 pm
Up in Scotland (Edinburgh specifically) they are famous for deep-frying anything. Much like English fish and chips, the Scots will enjoy most stuff battered and fried. In particular a couple of restaurants will batter and deep-fry Mars bars (Milkyways for those in the US) and Snickers bars. Very, very rich. The deep-fried haggis is pretty good too.
Judy Rowen 
Jul. 19, 2009 6:22 am
Great site! These are the ingredients for P.D. type fried cheese cake. * 2 cups graham cracker crumbs * 1/4 cup sugar * 7 tablespoons butter, melted * 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened * 1 cup sugar * 3 large eggs * 1 (4-ounce) bar white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly * 30 Oriental spring roll wrappers * Egg wash (whisk 1 egg with 1 cup milk) * 1 (4-ounce) bar semisweet chocolate, chopped * Vegetable oil, as needed * Powdered sugar, as needed * 8 ounces chocolate sauce, in squirt bottle * Whipped cream The egg wash is the key to holding the panko or whatever you use for batter.
Jul. 19, 2009 7:22 am
I am loving all these deep fried comments! Although the deep fried bacon may be a bit much for me. To MissTonya, we have a local newspaper online that you might like to check out if you are considering moving here...reading it will give you more of an idea of what it's like here versus just finding touristy stuff online. It's St Thomas Source. com
Jul. 19, 2009 10:40 am
I'm not much for deep fried sweets but I adore tempura deep fried vegetables. I could eat that every single day.
Jul. 19, 2009 11:58 am
im not much of a deep fried person lol, but when you mentioned the slightly melted cheesecake I started drooling! deep fried tempura shrimp is my absolute favorite when it comes to fried foods!
Jul. 19, 2009 2:37 pm
never had friedcheese cake,is it done the same way the baked or chilled cheese-cake is prep?.
Jul. 19, 2009 3:36 pm
How do u fry the cheesecake w/o melting it
Jul. 19, 2009 3:55 pm
I have seen most of the things mentioned here at various places around the country. At the county fair in San Diego, there was deep fried avocado. Hadn't seen that before and haven't seen it since.
Jul. 19, 2009 6:34 pm
I am not a frier at all but when Sonic carries their Cheescake Turtle Bites, I can't resist. I've thought about how to make them and think that freezing a slice of (baked) cheesecake then cut it into bite sized pieces. Press a slice of caramel on then roll the ball in chocolate gram-cracker crumbs before frying!
Jul. 19, 2009 7:36 pm
The best way to fry ANYTHING that could melt in the heat is to freeze it first. It should be nice and thawed by the time it comes out of the fryer. ;0)
Jul. 20, 2009 1:32 am
There's a great Japanese restaurant nearby and they have tempura cheesecake. It was awesome! The outside was all brown and crispy, the inside melty and gooey, but then the middle of it was still frozen! It wasn't nice to have warm gooeyness and frozen in the same bite! But I'd try it again! I've always wanted to try deep fried candy bars but I haven't seen anything near me that has it. Oh, well.
Jul. 20, 2009 7:14 am
I had deep fried cheesecake a couple times at this wonderful seafood restaurant on the water, here in Pensacola, FL. The place was blown away by the hurricanes ;( They fried it and put caramel sauce with pecans on it. It was to die for.
Jul. 20, 2009 9:54 am
I've tried deep fried brownie bites and those cannot be beat.
Jul. 20, 2009 1:00 pm
Fried pickles are yummy. When I was in college, I served tables at a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant that served deep fried pickle chips as an appetizer. They were very good, especially dipped in ranch dressing. =)
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
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