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Life After Pizza 
Jun. 11, 2011 11:26 am 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2011 3:28 pm

Following up on our post about making Mozzarella, I have to make note that we cannot have pizza everyday. It just wouldn’t be right. So, aside from using as a topping on Italian dishes, we need another outlet for our Mozzarella madness.

The first step of this process, is to send your Guard Chicken back outside to keep watch at the door for any intruders.

If you don’t have a Guard Chicken, then just proceed with step 2.

Cut the mozzarella you made up into sticks, like so.

Make some seasoned bread crumbs. . Just take some stale bread or lightly toast some, whirl in the Food Processor and add some seasonings. I like to add a lot of parmesan cheese to the crumbs also. 
I use metal pie tins for this, and always have 3 around. I have no idea where they came from, but they are sure handy for stuff like this.
In a second tin, mix some flour with a little bit of cornstarch, and in the third, beat up a couple of eggs and add a little water.

Place a sheet pan near to set your sticks on, once breaded.

Roll sticks in the flour mix, then the egg mix, then in the crumbs. I pat the crumbs on pretty well. Place on sheet pan and put in the freezer. These keep well and go straight from the freezer to the stove. Even if you are going to make them tonite, freeze them first so the cheese doesn’t melt out of your coating and make a big gloppy mess. I freeze them for a few hours then put them in a ziplock bag, marked with the date.

When you decide to fix some up its easy to grab however many you want.

Heat some oil until it sizzles and add a few sticks at a time. It doesn’t take very long for them to brown, then set them on a plate. Cook the rest. The cheese will continue to melt a bit after you take them out.
You can now blow on them a little, then burn your tongue anyway, because they are really good and you know you can’t wait. If  you weren't in such a big hurry, you could take a picture of them, but you have no self control.
Dip them in a little homemade marinara or other sauce and once again, thank your goat or cow for providing you with such good stuff!
Jun. 11, 2011 11:49 am
OK - first - why can't we have pizza everyday? Especially if I had a goat or cow and had access to the fabulous fresh cheese that you make! Second - I don't have a guard chicken - but I do have a guard alligator (I live in Florida) - will that work? Third - ok - can we have pizza and mozzarella sticks everyday? (lol) Fourth - how much is a one-way ticket to Petey's Farmhouse Cheese Factory? I'm packin as I type (LOL)!
Jun. 11, 2011 12:20 pm
LOVE the guard chicken. When out son lived in Kula on the flanks of Haleakala, he had a neighboring rooster who crowed morning, noon and night. He finally went to the neighbor to complain. The neighbor said the rooster had gotten loose some time back, but If our son could track him down.....he could cook him for dinnerLOL
Jun. 11, 2011 1:41 pm horse requested that I be more conscious about how much of me he will have to pack around, so no daily pizza...I'll leave the light on.
Jun. 11, 2011 1:44 pm! If he catches him, maybe there is a buffalo chicken pizza in the future?
Jun. 11, 2011 6:30 pm

this is my favourite thing next to pizza and lasagna for mozzarella, I love your blog and am totally in awe for all the things you do
Jun. 11, 2011 7:42 pm
I would LOVE to have a guard chicken. Second best would be to come and see yours. That and that doe-eyed sweet cow. And, of course, petey and Randyman.
Jun. 11, 2011 8:09 pm
You're killing me here! The boys went boar hunting this weekend and I did projects. Which left me wondering "what's for dinner". A guard chicken? Does it count that years ago I had "Howdy Dowdy" who would sit and eat lunch with my Dad when he came to the farm? He'd even walk out and see Dad when he first arrived. Love the blog!
Jun. 12, 2011 5:03 pm
Is this the "family Chicken" as in pet, or just one who loves you, and waits to see what you are going to toss out to eat next? "Ain't God good to country folks?"! You don't need medicine to adjust your attitude. Daily life provides a little bit of everything, including humor! Thanks for the uplift. I needed that. Cat Hill - Was "Howdy Dowdy" your welcoming/greeter pet rooster? What a hoot!
Jun. 12, 2011 5:44 pm
She is a geriatric egg layer who was evicted from the coop for being mean to the new chicks, so she has taken up residence on the porch, and has invited herself into the house on more than one occasion!
Jun. 13, 2011 9:11 am
Love the guard chicken! Gramma Katie used to have banties pecking around the back about guard chickens! Those birds were mean:) DH had a pet rooster named big bird when he was little, but I'm sure his mom never allowed it in the house,lol! I have a question: can I use any large pot for the cheese and does it have to be stainless steel? I'm sure there will be more questions to come, thanks for walking an amateur throught the process:P
Jun. 13, 2011 3:08 pm
Love the blog, as usual! Those cheese sticks sound fantastic, but I'd like to know just where you have your hidden camera in my house!! Just HOW did you know I do the "blow-on-it-but-burn-my-tongue-anyway-cuz-it's-so-good-and-I-can't-wait" thing??? Great news! My sister just found someone who keeps milk goats, so I'll have some fresh goat milk coming my way really soon! I can't wait to make mozzarella out of it!!
Jun. 13, 2011 3:28 pm
mangel, I prefer stainless, but no, anything you can heat the milk in will do.
Jun. 13, 2011 3:28 pm
woot! woot! Go Keri!
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