Who doesn't love mozzarella cheese sticks with a bowl of marinara dipping sauce? Yummmmm Been trying to watch what I eat...and this would definitely NOT be on the diet. LOL However, when I saw this recipe, it looked so good that I thought I should make a batch and sneak just one!
CLASSIC MOZZARELLA CHEESE STICKS
Oil for frying (any kind)
1 8-ounce package of mozzarella cheese (in the form of sticks)
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/4 cup water
2/3 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs (you can find these on the bread aisle)
1/3 cup parmesan cheese (you can use the kind in the shaker can)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Marinara sauce or other dipping sauce
Pour oil into a heavy saucepan or deep skillet to a depth of 1 inch. It takes about 12 minutes for the oil to reach frying temperature, over medium heat.
While the oil is heating, open your cheese and make sure the sticks are about 1/2 x 1/2 inch (in thickness...not length). Line a baking sheet with paper towels for draining. Place flour on a plate (this will be used to roll the cheese sticks in).
In a shallow bowl, combine the egg and water. In another shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic powder and mix well.
One stick at a time, roll the cheese sticks in the flour, then dip them in the egg wash, then roll them in the bread crumb mixture.
Once you have a few cheese sticks ready to fry, carefully put them in the hot oil (cook them in small batches). Cook until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and let them drain on the paper towels.
Let the fried cheese sticks sit for a few minutes before eating to make sure that all the cheese inside has completely melted. Also, if your oil is too hot...you will end up with very brown cheese sticks that are not melte in the middle. Oil should stay about 365 degrees...you can use a cooking thermometer to test it if you have one.
When you have taken one batch of cheese sticks out of the oil, give the oil a few minutes to heat back up before placing the next batch into the oil.
Serve with marinara sauce or any dipping sauce that you want.