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Cheese Frenchee: The Midwest's Deep-Fried Twist On Grilled Cheese

The grilled cheese is an iconic sandwich, and different countries have different versions of it around the world, such as the croque monsieur from France and the quesadilla from Mexico. In fact, even different areas of the U.S. feature unique grilled cheese sandwiches, such as Nebraska and their cheese frenchee.

A cheese frenchee is a cheese sandwich that is not grilled like a traditional grilled cheese recipe, but is deep fried after being dipped in eggs and milk and coated with cornflakes. The invention of the cheese frenchee has been credited to King's Food Host, a popular Nebraska restaurant from the 1950s to 1970s.

In 2017, the eatery founder's daughter shared the original cheese frenchee recipe, which included Kraft American Ribbon Cheese and No. 5 Sunshine Cracker Meal. King’s Food Host is no longer open, but you can still head to Nebraska eateries Amigos/King's Classic and Don & Millie's for your cheese frenchee fix.