Okay, bear with me. This is my first ever instructable.
New Year's Eve has always been a fun party night for me and my family. I always love to do a big spread of snacks and party foods. LOTS AND LOTS of deep frying! Everything from chicken wings and dolmades to mozzarella sticks and egg rolls and taquitos. This year I was late to go shopping and I missed out on some prepared frozen mozzarella sticks for my fryer, so I decided to bite the bullet and make my own. Last time I tried to make my own mozzarella sticks the mess was epic. The recipe I chose was quite messy with batters and bread crumbs and egg wash and such. So I decided to try an experiment, my success was awesome and I shall share it here.
Step 1: Gather Your Gear.
Here's what you are going to need for this recipe.
A package of mozzarella string cheese
A package of won ton wrappers
A small bowl of water
A basting brush (optional)
Step 2: Unwrap the String Cheese. Cut the Cheese.
Step 3: Place a Won Ton Wrapper on Your Cutting Board.
I like to place mine with the corner hanging over slightly as shown. This helps with rolling the cheese stick later.
Step 4: Wet the Edges of the Won Ton Wrapper.
I used my basting brush, but you can also use your finger tips. You don't want it to be sopping, just dampen it a bit so that when you roll it up it seals itself.
Step 5: Roll a Mozzarella Half Stick in the Wrapper.
Step 6: Time to Cook!
I set my deep fryer to 360F.
I put about half of the pieces that I made in the freezer for another day. When it comes time to cook those it should be done in 2 to 2 1/2 minutes in the fryer
The fresh ones only take between 1 and 1 1/2 minutes in the fryer.
Step 7: Secret Final Step.
This last step is completely optional, but kind a requirement.
I have an electric coffee grinder that I use solely for the purpose of grinding spices and seasoning. I keep a shaker full of pulverized kosher salt powder that I made with this grinder.
This is a secret I took from McDonalds. Ever wonder why they have the best fries? The moment the fries come out of the fryer they are dusted with that kosher salt powder. I do the same thing with just about everything I deep fry, and believe me, IT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!
Step 8: Time to Enjoy.
These are best when served hot with a dish of heated marinara sauce, but they also work well with just about any favorite dipping sauce. My Laura likes ranch dip.
Feel free to comment below for any additional tips and tricks.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!