Serbian Fried Gouda with Plum-Brandy Sauce
Inspired by a charming restaurant in Belgrade, this is my version.
1/4 cup milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped almond slices
1 1/2 pounds Gouda cheese, cut into 3" x 1" pieces
2/3 cup plum butter (or plum preserves)
2 tablespoons Brandy
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Assemble four small dishes. Place milk in one, flour in another, whisk two eggs in another and mix together the bread crumbs and almonds in the last.
Heat about 1/2" vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet. Dip Gouda pieces (2 at a time) first in milk, then flour, then eggs,, then bread crumb mixture. Fry until rusty brown (about 1 - 2 minutes), turning once. Transfer to paper-towel lines bowl, sprinkle with salt nd keep warm in oven. Do it in two or three batches.
In a small saucepan, heat plum butter until it melts. Stir in brandy and remove from heat. Arrange cheese on platter and dip into the sauce. Makes about 30 pieces.