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Potato Cheese Sticks – Easy Kitchen Guide

Last Updated on December 26, 2023

Potato cheese sticks are an indulgent snack that is sure to please everyone in your household. Whether you’re looking for a unique side dish or an easy appetizer to serve at a party, these cheese sticks are sure to hit the spot. 

Keep reading to learn more about what potato cheese sticks taste like, how to make them, and what to serve them with.

Potato Cheese Sticks

What Are Potato Cheese Sticks?

Potato cheese sticks are a tasty snack made with potatoes, cheese, and a variety of spices. They are baked in the oven until golden and crispy on the outside, while the inside is gooey and cheesy. They are a great snack or side dish for any occasion, and they’re easy to make.

What Does It Taste Like?

These potato cheese sticks are the perfect combination of salty and cheesy, with a hint of herbs and spices. The potatoes provide a starchy, yet fluffy texture, while the cheese melts and oozes out with every bite. 

The herbs and spices provide a hint of flavor and depth that make these cheese sticks irresistible.

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Ingredients

  • Potato Cheese Dough:

1 medium yellow potato (about 250g): The yellow potato is a primary ingredient, providing a starchy base for the dough. It contributes to the texture and flavor of the potato cheese sticks, giving them a hearty and satisfying quality.

1/3 cup cornstarch (50g): Cornstarch is used as a binding agent in the dough. It helps to hold the ingredients together and adds a light and crisp texture when deep-fried.

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (50g): Cheddar cheese adds a rich and savory flavor to the dough, and its melting properties contribute to the gooey interior of the potato cheese sticks. The cheese also enhances the overall taste, making the sticks more flavorful.

  • Deep Frying:

500 ml vegetable oil or canola/peanut oil: Vegetable oil, canola oil, or peanut oil is used for deep frying the potato cheese sticks. These oils have high smoke points, making them suitable for frying at high temperatures. The deep frying process cooks the potato cheese sticks quickly, creating a crispy exterior while maintaining a soft and cheesy interior.

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Directions

Step 1: Prepare the Potato:

Peel and chop a medium yellow potato into chunks. Place the potato chunks in a pot, cover with water, and boil until fork-tender.

Step 2: Mash the Potato:

Drain the boiled potatoes. Mash them until smooth, using a potato masher or fork.

Step 3: Add Cornstarch:

While the mashed potatoes are still warm, add cornstarch to create a dough-like consistency. Mix well until the cornstarch is fully incorporated.

Step 4: Incorporate Shredded Cheese:

Add shredded cheddar cheese to the warm potato mixture. Knead or mix until the cheese is evenly distributed, forming a smooth, pliable dough.

Step 5: Shape the Sticks:

Take small portions of the potato cheese dough and roll them into stick shapes, adjusting the size as desired.

Step 6: Heat Oil:

In a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pan, heat vegetable oil or canola/peanut oil to around 350°F (175°C).

Step 7: Fry the Potato Cheese Sticks: 

Carefully drop the shaped sticks into the hot oil, avoiding overcrowding. Fry until golden brown and crispy, typically around 3-4 minutes.

Step 8: Drain Excess Oil:

Use a slotted spoon to remove the potato cheese sticks from the oil. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

Step 9: Serve Warm:

Serve the potato cheese sticks immediately while warm and crisp.

Step 10: Enjoy:

These potato cheese sticks make for a delightful snack or appetizer. Enjoy them on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce, relishing the combination of creamy potato and melted cheddar in this delicious treat!

Tips

• Be sure to use a baking sheet that is large enough to spread out the potatoes evenly.

• Use a spatula to flip the cheese sticks halfway through baking for even cooking.

• You can use any type of cheese you like – mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, etc.

• You can add other herbs and spices to the potato mixture depending on your taste preferences.

• Don’t overcook the cheese sticks or they will become dry and hard.

• Serve the cheese sticks with your favorite dipping sauces.

How to Make Potato Cheese Sticks

Nutrition Information

One serving of potato cheese sticks (4 cheese sticks) contains approximately 420 calories, 11 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, and 8 grams of protein.

What to Serve with Potato Cheese Sticks?

• Ranch dressing
• Ketchup
• Marinara sauce
• BBQ sauce
• Sour cream
• Guacamole
• Hot sauce

How to Store Leftover Potato Cheese Sticks?

Leftover potato cheese sticks can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. 

To reheat the cheese sticks, simply place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through.

What Other Substitute Can I Use in Potato Cheese Sticks?

• Panko bread crumbs
• Grated Parmesan cheese
• Chopped fresh herbs
• Crushed red pepper flakes
• Nutritional yeast
• Bacon bits
• Chopped nuts

How to Make Potato Cheese Sticks

Potato Cheese Sticks

Potato cheese sticks are an indulgent snack that is sure to please everyone in your household. Whether you’re looking for a unique side dish or an easy appetizer to serve at a party, these cheese sticks are sure to hit the spot. 
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Author: Dr. Leah Alexander
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 420kcal

Ingredients

Potato Cheese Dough:

  • 1 medium yellow potato about 250g
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch 50g
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded (50g)

Deep Frying:

  • 500 ml vegetable oil or canola/peanut oil

Instructions

  • Prepare the Potato: Peel and chop the medium yellow potato into chunks. Place the potato chunks in a pot, cover with water, and boil until they are fork-tender.
  • Mash the Potato: Drain the boiled potatoes and mash them until smooth. You can use a potato masher or fork.
  • Add Cornstarch: While the mashed potatoes are still warm, add the cornstarch to create a dough-like consistency. Mix well until the cornstarch is fully incorporated.
  • Incorporate Shredded Cheese: Add the shredded cheddar cheese to the potato mixture. Knead or mix until the cheese is evenly distributed, and the mixture forms a smooth, pliable dough.
  • Shape the Sticks: Take small portions of the potato cheese dough and roll them into stick shapes, similar to traditional mozzarella sticks. You can adjust the size based on your preference.
  • Heat Oil: In a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pan, heat vegetable oil or canola/peanut oil to around 350°F (175°C).
  • Fry the Potato Cheese Sticks: Carefully drop the shaped sticks into the hot oil, ensuring not to overcrowd the pan. Fry until they turn golden brown and crispy, usually around 3-4 minutes.
  • Drain Excess Oil: Use a slotted spoon to remove the potato cheese sticks from the oil. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  • Serve Warm: Serve the potato cheese sticks immediately while they are still warm and crispy.
  • Enjoy: These potato cheese sticks are a delightful snack or appetizer. Enjoy them on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce. The combination of creamy potato and melted cheddar makes for a delicious treat!

Notes

  • Be sure to use a baking sheet that is large enough to spread out the potatoes evenly.
  • Use a spatula to flip the cheese sticks halfway through baking for even cooking.
  • You can use any type of cheese you like – mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, etc.
  • You can add other herbs and spices to the potato mixture depending on your taste preferences.
  • Don’t overcook the cheese sticks or they will become dry and hard.
  • Serve the cheese sticks with your favorite dipping sauces.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Can I bake potato cheese sticks in the microwave?

No, potato cheese sticks should be baked in the oven for the best results.

Q2. What type of cheese is best for potato cheese sticks?

Any type of cheese can be used for potato cheese sticks, but mozzarella, cheddar, and parmesan cheese are the most popular choices.

Q3. Can I make potato cheese sticks ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the potato cheese sticks ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Q4. Can potato cheese sticks be frozen?

Yes, potato cheese sticks can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Q5. Can I make potato cheese sticks without cheese?

Yes, you can make potato cheese sticks without cheese, however, they will not be as flavorful.

Q6. Are potato cheese sticks vegan?

No, potato cheese sticks are not vegan as they contain cheese and other animal-based products.

Q7. Can I use other vegetables in potato cheese sticks?

Yes, you can use other vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, or zucchini in potato cheese sticks.

Conclusion

Potato cheese sticks are a delicious and indulgent snack that is sure to please everyone in your household. 

Made with potatoes, cheese, and a variety of spices, these cheese sticks are an easy and tasty side dish or appetizer for any occasion. 

With just a few simple ingredients and steps, you can make these cheese sticks in no time.

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Dr. Leah Alexander, M.D., is a board-certified Pediatrician in New Jersey and has been working at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey since 2000.
She also has a passion for culinary arts that extends beyond the medical realm. After completing culinary school at the French Culinary Institute, she started Global Palate, LLC, a catering firm, in 2007. She ran her own six-year-old catering company and served small group parties as an owner and executive chef.

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