Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Deep Fried Awesomeness: Mozzarella Sticks

I see you there, wanting me.

Don't try to resist.

Mozzarella sticks are one of my {many} weaknesses. Growing up I would take the money I saved from babysitting and head to the Friendly's Restaurant in my town for their $3.49 Mozzarella sticks on a regular basis. So.freaking.good. This recipe is as close to them as you can get, in my opinion.

Mozzarella Sticks - Printable Version!
12 cheese sticks (or cut up chunk mozzarella, if you prefer)
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs1 tablespoon milk
1 cup Italian Style bread crumbs
oil for frying

If deep frying, heat the oil in your deep fryer or pan to 365 degrees as you prepare the Mozzarella Sticks. Cut string cheese in half (or chunk mozzarella into about 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch rectangles). Whisk milk and eggs together in a bowl, and put flour on one plate and breadcrumbs on another.
Cheese and other ingredients ready to go!
Coat each stick in flour, then dip in the milk/egg mixture, and then roll in breadcrumbs. Then here is the secret - dip each stick (already covered in breadcrumbs) BACK in the egg/milk mixture, and in the breadcrumbs once more. This extra layer means that less cheese will escape while frying.
Coat well in each ingredient
Put the sticks in your fryer basket being careful to give them some space. I find that 7 sticks fit perfectly in my Cuisinart Mini Deep Fryer. Fry for about 1 minute, but check them around 45-50 seconds and take out if the cheese is escaping. OR if you pan fry, use about a cup of oil and cook for about a minute on each side. Drain on paper towels.
My deep fryer - aka my second lover
Ummm....yum? Enjoy with marinara or just shove them into the ol' pie hole plain, like I do ;)
Heavenly cheesy goodness
Pin It! Since you need quite a bit of oil for this, I always recycle mine. I put a coffee filter inside a funnel in the opening of an empty vegetable oil container. The oil filters through (sans breadcrumbs and gunk) and you can use it again and again. My only exception is seafood - it smells too awful to save in that case ;)

Good news! I have added Printable Versions of my recipes to all of the recipes I have published (which isn't many...as I fail at cooking most of the time). If you're interested, here's what I've got:

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