Cheese Nuggets

Cheese Nuggets
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 6 tbsp butter
  2. ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp flour, plus extra for dusting
  3. 2½ cups milk
  4. 2 eggs, beaten, plus 3 large egg yolks
  5. 2 cups grated Emmental or Swiss cheese*
  6. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  7. Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  8. 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  9. ⅔ cup vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook without browning for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk, increase the heat to medium, and bring to a boil, whisking often, until smooth and thick. Return the heat to low and simmer gently, whisking often, for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and beat in the egg yolks, one at a time. Sir in the cheese, then season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Spread out the mixture in a shallow rectangular dish in a layer about ¾-inches deep, smoothing the top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  3. Cut the mixture into pieces about ¾ × 2in, then shape into nuggets. Roll in flour, dip in beaten egg, then roll in the bread crumbs until coated. Chill on wax paper for 1 hour.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over high heat until shimmering. In batches, fry the nuggets, turning often, about 3 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Notes
  1. *You can also use Gruyére or a sharp Cheddar.
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