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Grain-Free Butter Fried Bread Cheese – Better Than Mozzarella Sticks And Keto Friendly

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Grain-Free Butter Fried Bread Cheese

That’s right I said it, this Butter Fried Bread Cheese is better than mozzarella sticks.

And I mean it. It’s cheesy chewy bread CHEESE. It’s not bread! It’s a firm cheese that’s been baked so it has even less moisture. It doesn’t melt like regular cheese. Instead it holds its shape even while pan frying it to crispy golden brown in butter. You don’t need to coat it with egg wash and breadcrumbs so it is an easy grain-free treat. And you don’t need to deep fry it in unhealthy high heat fryer oil. Therefore it’s a lot healthier for you than any mozzarella stick you could ever find in a restaurant. And, it is so easy to make at home!

What exactly is Bread Cheese?

Bread Cheese or Juustoleipa originated in Finland and other parts of northern Europe. Juustoleipa is a fresh-milk curd-cheese that has been pressed into blocks and dried. Removing the moisture from the cheese allows it to have a very long shelf life therefore traditionally keeping for up to several years. Because of the low moisture and the low fat content of the cheese it doesn’t melt easily but instead gets soft, chewy and squeaks against your teeth when biting, hence the name “squeaky cheese”. Originally, Juustoleipa was just dried and then re-toasted before serving giving it a slightly browned crust resembling bread. Today, manufacturers actually toast the cheese during the manufacturing process so it’s sold with the brown crust.

Juustoleipa (bread cheese) is very similar to the Turkish cheese Halloumi or the Indian cheese Paneer. All three of these cheeses have a very high melting point and brown nicely in a pan or on the grill. This style of cheese is very easy to make at home and I can recommend a few books and kits to get you started! Both the books below have recipes for both Halloumi and Paneer.


I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Finding bread cheese is as easy as visiting the Carr Valley Cheese Company’s website. Where you can order any of the five, flavored bread cheeses like classic cow’s milk, garlic, chipotle, jalapeño and even a goat’s milk. Along with many other amazing dairy products (like a cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s cream butter called Menage!) that come from America’s cheese capital, Wisconsin! Supporting Carr Valley Cheese Company is in turn supporting the local dairy farmers right outside Carr Valley’s door in beautiful Wisconsin. Some of these farmers have been supplying Carr Valley with milk for generations. Carr Valley proudly works with small, local farms who keep their cows on pasture and who treat their animals with the highest standards. While not certified organic, much of the milk is either organic or non-GMO. Carr Valley offers free shipping when you spend $69 or more so stock up while you are there!


Butter Fried Bread Cheese

In this post I’m giving you the instructions to make these super golden-brown, crispy, cheesy, fried bread-cheese sticks. And, a very easy sugar-free marinara dipping sauce that will blow you away.


Grain-Free Butter Fried Bread Cheese


Grain-Free Butter Fried Bread Cheese

Grain-Free Butter Fried Bread Cheese

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The perfect party snack, appetizer or after school treat!


For the fried Bread Cheese

For the easy Marinara Dipping Sauce

  • 1 Cup Tomato Sauce, Unsweetened, no added ingredients
  • 1 Clove Fresh Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt


  1. Combine the Marinara ingredients together in a small sauce pan and bring them to a simmer over med-low heat.
  2. Cook the marinara for 10 minutes while stirring frequently.
  3. While the marinara is cooking remove the Bread Cheese from its packaging and cut it into 12 equal strips.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter.
  5. Fry the bread cheese strips in the butter until they are golden brown. Use a fork to gently and easily turn each strip over to fry all sides.
  6. Remove the Marinara from the stove and pour it into a heat proof dish for dipping.
  7. Serve the Butter Fried Bread Cheese with the hot Marinara Dipping Sauce.


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Sheri Guell

Friday 2nd of April 2021

I tried your recipe. As easy as it looked. My bread cheese turned out a puddle of melted cheese and butter. Didn’t stay in sticks. Any idea why?

Butter For All

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Hi Sheri,

Sorry to hear that. What brand of bread cheese dod you use?

I like to use Halloumi or the Carr Valley Bread Cheese.

Alicia Voorhies

Thursday 29th of March 2018

OHMYGOSH I’d never heard of bread cheese until now! I just made a nice big order based on your recommendation though — thank you!

Butter For All

Thursday 29th of March 2018

Hi Alicia! You will love it!!! I have another recipe coming soon featuring bread cheese so stay tuned for something unexpected! ? Thanks for the nice comment! Courtney