Homemade Fried Mozzarella Sticks




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Introduction

Indulge in the crispy and gooey goodness of Homemade Fried Mozzarella Sticks. This classic appetizer is perfect for snacking, parties, or game day gatherings. With a simple recipe and easy-to-find ingredients, you can whip up these cheesy delights in no time.

Why Make This Recipe

Homemade Fried Mozzarella Sticks are a crowd-pleaser and a great alternative to store-bought frozen versions. By making them yourself, you can control the quality of ingredients, adjust the seasoning to your taste, and enjoy them fresh and piping hot.

How to Make Homemade Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Italian-style dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/3 cups freshly grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 16-ounce packages mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 4 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, 1 cup of Parmesan, and salt.
  2. Cut each mozzarella stick in half.
  3. Beat eggs in a shallow bowl and dip the cheese sticks into the eggs to coat completely. Coat the cheese in the breadcrumb mixture, patting to adhere and coat completely. Repeat dipping in egg and breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Place the cheese sticks on a baking sheet, cover, and freeze until frozen, about 2 hours.
  5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry the cheese sticks in batches until golden brown, about 1 minute per side.
  6. Transfer the fried cheese to plates, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and serve.

How to Serve Homemade Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Serve the hot and crispy mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or a side of garlic aioli for dipping. They are best enjoyed immediately after frying while the cheese is still melty and the coating is crunchy.

How to Store Homemade Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Store any leftover fried mozzarella sticks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet in a preheated oven until heated through.

Tips to Make Homemade Fried Mozzarella Sticks

  • Make sure the oil is hot enough before frying to ensure a crispy exterior.
  • Double coating the cheese sticks with egg and breadcrumbs will create a thicker and crunchier crust.
  • Freezing the cheese sticks before frying helps them hold their shape and prevents the cheese from melting too quickly.

Variation

For a twist on the classic recipe, try using different types of cheese like cheddar, pepper jack, or brie. You can also add herbs and spices to the breadcrumb mixture for extra flavor.

FAQs

  1. Can I bake the mozzarella sticks instead of frying them? Yes, you can bake them in a preheated oven at 400°F for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  2. Can I use panko breadcrumbs instead of Italian-style breadcrumbs? Yes, panko breadcrumbs will also give a crunchy coating to the mozzarella sticks.
  3. Can I make the mozzarella sticks ahead of time and freeze them before frying? Yes, you can freeze the prepared mozzarella sticks for up to a month. Just fry them straight from the freezer when ready to eat.

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