About a month ago, I was on www.tastespotting.com and I came across a recipe this blogger made for homemade mozzarella sticks. I knew I was going to try them on Thanksgiving as an appetizer. I’ve tried making them before, I’ve fried them, baked them, but they never turned out right. Either the cheese oozed all over the place, or the outside got cooked before the inside. After reading this bloggers step by step process I realized a few things I never tried before. One was freezing them for a few hours so the coating sticks, and the other was dredging the cheese sticks in flour first.
bread crumbs, seasoned
Canola oil for frying
In 3 bowls, I placed flour in one, 2 eggs in the other, and bread crumbs in the third. I would have used panko, but I didn’t have those on hand. If you use plain bread crumbs, you can add garlic salt, pepper, oregano, or whatever you like. You can also buy the Italian seasoned bread crumbs instead.
Unwrap the cheese sticks and one at a time, dip in flour, shake off excess flour, dip in the egg mixture, roll in the bread crumbs, then dip in the egg mixture again, and roll in the bread crumbs. Repeat as necessary for as many cheese sticks as you are making.
Place on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
In a medium pot, place enough oil in the pot so it will cover the cheese sticks when placed in the pan. Heat the oil for a few minutes, then drop 2 cheese sticks at a time and cook for 3-4 minutes.
The first batch I think the oil was too hot, because the outside got browned, but the cheese wasn’t melty on the inside. So I turned the heat to medium and the rest of them turned out great.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Have you ever made your own cheese sticks before?