I am a major sucker for mozzarella sticks. I mean c'mon, fried cheese! How could you not like them?!? I had never thought to make them before, till I realized the other day as I was rummaging through my cupboards trying to be creative with what I had on hand, that I had everything to make these little guys. They were quite easy too! All you need is a little flour, an egg wash, some bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese, and some vegetable oil for frying. Simple as that!
Now when you get that crazy craving like me, go raid your pantry and whip up a few of these bad boys and you will be in fried cheese heaven!
10-12 mozzarella cheese sticks (cut in half)
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning (for the bread crumbs)
1/4 cup flour
Egg Wash (couple of whole eggs and 3 Tbsp. milk whisked together)
Vegetable Oil (for frying)
Favorite Marinara Sauce for dipping
Take your cheese sticks and cut them in half. Next, roll the cheese sticks in the flour, then dip into the egg wash, then dredge in the seasoned bread crumbs. Make sure all the sides are covered with bread crumbs then place the tray of prepared cheese sticks into the freezer for about 20-30 minutes just to allow them to set up a bit.
Next, in a large pot, heat 1-2 inches of vegetable oil over medium heat. When the oil is ready, place 3-4 sticks into the pot at a time and cook for about 20-30 seconds turning once if needed. When they are done the breading will be slightly browned. (Do not let the cheese boil out the sides of the breading.) Heat up your marinara sauce and Dip Away!
(recipe source: adapted from Pioneer Woman)