Sunday, September 27, 2009

Late Night Snack: Mozzarella Sticks

Every once in a while, Dev and I have a craving for mozzarella sticks, but we've never enjoyed the frozen variety from the supermarket or the ones we've ordered for delivery. They've all been typically dried out, mushy and have an unpleasant rubbery fake cheese texture.

So, we decided to make our own!

YaMadzzarella Stix! (Dev came up with the name. HA!)
1/2 block Mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
1/3 C flour
2 T cornstarch
1 tsp Lawry's Season Salt
2 T water
1 Egg
3/4 C Italian Seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 C freshly grated parmesan cheese

Peanut Oil

Dish 1: flour, cornstarch and season salt
Dish 2: breadcrumbs, cheese and salt
Dish 3: water and egg, mixed until frothy
Slice up your block of cheese into sticks

Dust cheese sticks with flour mixture.

Dip sticks into egg, then breading...

... then egg then breading one more time. (Double Dip!)
Lay sticks on a cookie sheet and put into the freezer for 1 hour.

Heat oil (350-375).
Fry sticks until gold brown. This will only take a few min.
Cool on paper towels. The freezing and double breading helps keep the cheese in tact.

These came out really tasty. Make sure to add the Season Salt to the flour - otherwise, it will be a little bland. I also suggest serving these with a little marinara or your favorite spaghetti sauce. Enjoy!

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