Introduction: Homemade Mozzarella Sticks
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Mozzarella Sticks! In this instructable I will show you how to make Mozzarella Sticks. This recipe for homemade mozzarella sticks is really easy to make, if I can make them you can make them. This is one of my all time favorite appetizers to get at a restaurant, they are super yummy, and now you can make them at home. Let's get started!
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Follow the easy steps or watch the video tutorial or do both! :)
Step 1: Ingredients
- Mozzarella Cheese - I use string cheese
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp of pepper
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp of milk
- 1 cup of bread crumbs (Traditional or Italian)
- Marinara sauce (for dipping - optional
- Oil for frying (I use canola oil, but vegetable works well too)
- Paper Towels
- Candy Thermometer
Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients
First, we get a small pot and pour in some oil (canola or vegetable), we pour it so it is about an inch deep. Then turn on the stove, medium works fine, we only want the oil to be at 350 Degrees F. (177 Degrees C) Then we mix our flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl with a fork or whisk, or sifter.
Step 3: Slice the Cheese
Now let's prep our cheese. I am using string cheese mozzarella, because it already has the shape I want, so I just need to make one cut. I just cut them all in half.
Step 4: Mix Eggs and Milk
Now let's mix our eggs and milk together. After that it is time to start dipping our cheese.
Step 5: Dipping the Cheese
Now for the dipping process. Follow me here, it might sound a bit much, but trust me it is worth it, so we start by dipping the cheese piece in the egg mixture, then put it in the flour mixture, you can roll it around, then back in the egg mixture, then in the breadcrumbs, again rolling it around, or scooping the breadcrumbs around it, then yes back in the egg wash then back in the breadcrumbs one more time. Phew! That is a lot of dipping. :) The reason why I do that thick of coating, is because it makes a thicker protective shell for the cheese. So essentially a little harder for the cheese to come oozing out while frying.
Step 6: All Prepped!
Now we are all prepped and ready to go. At this stage you can freeze these before frying, I recommend that especially if the cheese keeps oozing out, it will really help. Also, if you want to make a huge batch in advance, just freeze them, and then fry up the amount that you want.
But the freezing step is not mandatory. In this particular case, I didn't freeze mine, and I only had a minor blowout with one of them, and even then most of it stayed together and still tasted awesome, just didn't look as pretty. :)
Step 7: Fry Em Up Up Up
Now it is time to fry em up up up, fry em up up up, haha, ok I am little excited for these. Again heat your oil to 350 degrees F. or 177 C. We don't want the oil hotter then that, because then the breadcrumbs will get too brown too quickly before the cheese is melted, it won't be ruined if that happens, it will still taste good, just not as good as if if stays in the oil longer to melt it all the way through. Drop them in the oil and fry them, I usually do about 3 at a time in this size pot. It takes about 30 seconds to 45 seconds. You might start to see a bead or two of cheese coming out the side, they are definitely done if you see that. Other then that wait until they look like they do in the picture and then take them out of the oil and put them on a plate lined with paper tower. Serve them up with marinara sauce and there you go, awesome mozzarella sticks!!
***If they are still getting too brown too quickly at 350 F. Turn the heat down and let the oil drop to about 330 and then just leave them in a little longer. They will still get crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside.
Step 8: Video Tutorial
And lastly don't forget to check out the short video tutorial to see the steps in action! :)
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