Recipe by NANCI RENN
"These fried cheese sticks are very easy to prepare and sooo good. Enjoy!"
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1 1/2 cups
Italian seasoned bread crumbs
oil for deep frying
1 (16 ounce) package
mozzarella cheese sticks
One small tip. If you freeze the mozzarella sticks before coating and frying they will not melt in the hot fat.
This was a MESS! I consulted with someone I know that works in an Itailan restaurant, and this is NOT the way you make them! All you need is a few beaten eggs, and some itailan flavored bread crumbs with a little garlic powder mixed in. First dip the mozz. sticks in the egg mixture then the italian bread crumbs, then back in the egg mixture then back in the bread crumb mixture. Make sure they are completely coated. The oil shouldn't be any hotter then 350 degrees, then put the sticks in the oil for just about a minute, just until they float up to the top of the surface, and they're done! You can also use the same procedure with a block of mozz. Just don't cut the block any thicker then 1/4 inch. I hope this helps.
These were delicious and not hard to make. My minor improvisations included: cutting the cheese sticks in half (so my 8 became 16) and using plain bread crumbs with about 2 tsps mixed Italian seasoning. I also followed the advice of several reviewers: First, I combined the flour/starch mixture with the breadcrumbs. It was a huge time-saver and didn't seem to impact the end result. I also tried both double & triple coating and found that a double coat was sufficient for my taste. When the batter got a little clumpy, I simply moulded the clumps around the cheese for a slightly thicker coat. This part was a little messy, but other than that, it wasn't too bad. I coated all of the sticks before frying and set them aside on a plate. This turned out to be great advice because the frying really only takes about 30 seconds, and if you turn your back for too long, the sticks will burn. I did not have any problem with cheese leaking out, and the end result was truly restaurant quality. I will definitely make this recipe again!
Ok, I was a sceptic if this could be done at home! THANK YOU! I am a Happy Believer!!! I just finished making a batch of these and I am still smiling...WOW! This was SUPER! First to make it easy and to make sure they "looked" like cheese sticks-shape-wise, I used Sargento Mozarella sticks, I unwrapped each and cut in half. I had 3 separate bowls setup w/ mixtures as described. I dipped each moz stick in egg mix, then flour mix, then egg mix, then bread crumb mix-making sure they were coated well. Then I put in oil. NOT ONE leaked!! I had to watch these little suckers cause they brown really fast! I let them cool a few minutes and served with little cups of pizza sauce for dipping. My 4 kids and hubby ADORED them and can't get enough. Considering these cost alot on dinners out--they are a KEEPER! WORD OF ADVICE: Use latex gloves to keep hands clean, this can get messy, and if making more than a dozen the mixes get goopy, so for large batches have extra mixes ready! otherwise..would give 10 stars if I could! THANKS SO MUCH!
Great recipe! I have tried many and failed. Since Mozzarella is a soft cheese, it works better to freeze the cheese first before frying and it thaws perfectly without leaking. Let them sit before serving and it's own heat will continue to make the cheese soft. Will make again and again!
This recipe was very tasty and worked out fairly well. However, you have to be sure to coat each mozzerella stick very well otherwise the cheese will melt and seep out into the oil. I breaded each stick twice (once in the liquid, then breadcrumbs then again) for better coverage.
Will never make this again
Terrific! I used not only mozarella, but also cheddar and pepper jack cheeses. I made these in the morning and then froze them. We used our Fry Daddy and they came out perfect. No leakage, just a good little appetizer! Thanks Nanci!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 203
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