Mozzarella Sticks

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While walking along SeaWorld about a week ago, we came upon a cart selling what we thought were “Mozzarella Sticks”.  Upon close inspection however, we saw they were just hotdog buns with melted cheese on top.

My daughter has never had mozzarella sticks and I excitedly told her about what mozzarella sticks are.  Just describing them to her made our mouths water and so a few days after that, I made some for us.  As expected, it was a hit — she loves cheese of any kind and having mozzarella sticks with our dinner of lamb racks and baked potato (I know, too heavy right?) was a treat!

Ingredients:

about 250 grams block of mozzarella cheese cut into 3-4 inches long and 1/2 – 3/4 inch wide sticks

3 eggs

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 cup plain flour

2 cups Panko bread crumbs (seasoned with just a bit of salt) or Italian breadcrumbs (these are just breadcrumbs seasoned with Italian herbs or a mixture of salt, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley flakes)

cooking oil for frying — just enough to cover halfway up your mozzarella sticks

What you need to do:

Whisk together the eggs and the milk in a bowl and set aside.

Heat your oil in a pan.

Roll each of your cheese sticks in the flour.  Dip the floured cheese into your egg mixture and then roll in breadcrumbs.  Dip again in the egg mixture and then roll again in breadcrumbs — this second dipping is optional but it coats the cheese better and makes it yummier.  Fry each side in medium heat until brown, but not long enough for the cheese to leak out.  If they do leak out, just turn them over and try to roll the stick with the melted cheese as you turn it over.  Drain in a metal strainer and serve by itself (like I did) or with your preferred sauce.

Enjoy and eat in moderation!

Note:  This is quite messy to make but one tip to try is to use one hand for the dry ingredients and the other hand for when you dip in the egg mixture.  Still messy but not as much, and still fun to make 🙂

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