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
1 1/2 cup SEASONED breadcrumbs (panko or regular, I used panko)
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?
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