Cheese sticks are a delicious snack or appetizer that the whole family will love. Golden, crispy and filled with melted cheese, these spring rolls are seriously addictive!
Today I made a sweet and sour sauce to share the recipe on the blog, and the whole time I was whisking the sweet and sour liquid to the desired consistency, I was dreaming of salty and crunchy things for dipping. Like, um, lumpiang shanghai.
Unfortunately, the package of ground pork I had in the freezer was solid as a rock and I was too eager for a quick fix than I expected. I rummaged through the fridge for anything remotely close to meat that I could wrap in spring rolls and that was it.
Half a block of blue cheese staring back at me amidst the Tupperware, leftovers, and whatnot. Ahhh, cheese sticks!
How to assemble
- Cut the block of cheese into long, thin strips about 1/2 inch thick and 3 inches long.
- Gently peel each spring roll wrapper to separate. Cover with damp paper or tea towel while assembling to prevent them from drying out.
- Place the wrapper like a diamond on a flat work surface. Place the cheese lengthwise in the middle of the wrapper and fold the lower end of the wrapper over the cheese.
- Fold the ends of the side inward and starting at the bottom, roll tightly into a log. Brush the top corner of the package with water and press to close.
- The recipe calls for Eden cheese, a Filipino brand of processed cheese that has a mild but creamy flavor and melts well. Other types of cheese I like to use are Velveeta, cheddar, gouda, cream cheese or mozzarella sticks.
- For heat, place a chili pepper strip or two on top of the cheese before wrapping (siling haha).
- To minimize leakage of melted cheese, roll the wrappers as tightly as possible. You can also freeze the sliced cheese for about 10 to 15 minutes before assembling and frying.
- Use an oil with a high smoke point, such as peanut, canola, or safflower. Fry at an optimal temperature of 350 F to 375 F. Too hot and the wrappers will burn before the cheese is completely melted. Too low and the spring rolls absorb a lot more fat.
- Do not overcrowd the pan and fry in batches as needed.
Deep frying gives the best results, but if you’d like to cut some calories, you can bake spring rolls instead.
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat a baking sheet with vegetable oil.
- Place the spring rolls in a single layer on the prepared baking dish, seam side down. Brush lightly with vegetable oil or spray with cooking spray.
- Bake for about 15 to 18 minutes, turning halfway through, or until evenly browned on both sides and the cheese has melted.
- Remove from heat and serve with your favorite sauces.
How to store
- Arrange the spring rolls in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for about 1 to 2 hours or until firm. This step will prevent them from sticking together when frozen.
- When hardened, transfer to resealable bags or airtight containers. With proper storage, it will last up to 3 days in the fridge or up to 2 months in the freezer.
- There is no need to thaw and can be fried frozen, but it takes longer to cook.
Enjoy these cheese sticks as a midday snack or appetizer with sauces like marinara, ranch dressing, BBQ, sweet and sour or plum sauce. They are sure to be a favorite!