Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fried Mozzarella Sticks

There's nothing like fried cheese!

-Pioneer Woman/Kikkoman

16 pieces String Cheese, removed from wrappers (Kraft)
1/2 cups All-purpose flour (I added garlic powder)
2 whole eggs
3 Tbsp. milk
2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
canola oil, for frying
marinara sauce, for dipping

Slice string cheese pieces in half, for a total of 32 pieces.

Place flour (and garlic powder) in a small bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and milk.

In another separate bowl, combine panko bread crumbs with parsley flakes.

TO ASSEMBLE: One by one, roll mozzarella sticks in flour, then dunk in egg/milk mixture, then place in Panko crumbs. Use your hand to sweep crumbs all over the mozzarella stick. Gently remove and place on a tray or cookie sheet. Repeat until all mozzarella sticks are coated.

IMPORTANT: ** Place tray in freezer for 20-30 minutes to flash freeze. **

TO COOK: Heat 1 1/2 inches canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat (or use deep fryer). When hot, add mozzarella sticks 8 at a time. Watch closely and turn over to evenly brown, cooking less than 2 minutes. Do not allow cheese to bubble and leak.

Remove to paper towel-lined plate (salt lightly). Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce.

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