Friday, March 8, 2013

Breaded Mozzarella Sticks

It is such a sunny beautiful day, I can't believe I am inside writing.  The sun is glorious, the sky is blue, oh...oops, I forgot about that snow part.  It is close to gone, maybe this weekend when we are supposed to get thunder storms, it will finish melting away!  This crazy weather out here. UGH.  So I guess the fact that it is 30 degrees outside keeps my flops in the closet and my shorts in the drawer, but soon friends.......very soon, I will be blogging from the patio! WOOHOO!

Last weekend on my husbands Friday which is actually Saturday, he sent me an email from work with a list of things he wanted to cook over his weekend.  He had even listed out the ingredients we needed to pick up.  Is that supportive or what?  He assured me I had his permission to blog any or all of his projects!  Oh what a mess we made, the songs we sang, the dances we made up and the fun we had!  This is one of the recipes we worked on and made.  So good.....devilishly good!

We had considered making our homemade mozz for this recipe but instead took the easy route and purchased a block of mozz.  I get it at Walmart, because I can't find it in block form anywhere else.  I believe (because I admit I threw the pkg away before I checked) it is a 16oz block.  Let's just go with it, OK?

Here is what you need:
16 ounce block of mozzarella cheese cut into 12 equal size "sticks"
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp garlic powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup SEASONED breadcrumbs (panko or regular, I used panko)
peanut oil

In one bowl add flour, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste, mix and set aside.  In another bowl add in 3 eggs, and combine.  You can also add a bit of salt and pepper here as well if you like.  In your last bowl place your breadcrumbs.

Dip your mozzarella stick in flour, dust off, dip in egg mixture, back in the flour, back in the egg and then breadcrumbs.  You are double dipping in the egg and flour for extra seal and crunch!  Prepare all cheese in the same manner and place on a platter.  Now, place in the freezer for at least 1 hour, 2 is better but 1 will work.  In a medium pot, add your peanut oil, 2-3 inches high.  Preheat to 350 degrees F.   Fry 2-3 at a time depending on the size of your pot of oil.  It will take approx 2 minutes per side, more or less depending on your temp and frying set up.  When it is golden brown flip that baby and let the other side tan up too!

Remove and drain on paper towels.  Serve with a side of marinara!! (recipe below)

This is our new go to marinara for dipping or sometimes even pizza sauce
In a small pot combine:

28oz can of tomato sauce
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
2 tbsp sugar
salt and pepper
red pepper flake (optional)

Let simmer for 3-4 minutes stirring constantly.  Serve!

These turned out beautiful, crispy and luscious!  I mean, fried cheese, how could that EVER be wrong? 

Your "frying madness"chefwannabe


  1. Hi Chris, I'm loving this recipe! Usually we get the frozen breaded mozerella as it's convenient, but when I look at your recipe, I have no idea why I hadn't ever made it before!
    thanks for sharing, and will definitely be trying your sauce out too (but also with a sprinkling of chilies..we like hot hot hot !!)
    have a lovely weekend
    Mary at Lovefoodies

  2. Girl, I am SO loving these! I am seriously addicted to cheese. And now I might just have to have some of these tonight. We're going out for seafood - I wonder if they could hook me up. Hmmm. I love your comment about blogging from the patio. That is my year round office in FL. Sitting here now. It does get cold sometimes (I mean, not compared to up North) but it's my fave place to write!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. I LOVE them!! Seafood sounds so good! I really appreciate your comments and kind words around here. I am grateful and blessed to have you part of the Chefwannabe family!! Now MAKE THESE!!! And we are supposed to get snow tonight, finally it is almost all gone, had HUGE thunderstorms last night and snow tonight, are you KIDDING?!!? ACK!