Sunday, April 15, 2012

NRW15: Mozzarella Sticks

New Recipe Week 15: Mozzarella Sticks

We've been eating a lot of cheese sticks lately, so much so that I started getting tired of them. So I decided to try and make fried mozzarella sticks for the first time. They came out pretty darn good!

Fried Mozzarella Sticks
Serves 2

Mozzarella Sticks:
3 sticks of String Cheese (cut in half)
1/2 C. Panko-Style breadcrumbs
1 Tsp. Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Egg
1/4 C. Flour
Oil for frying

-Place the Flour & Bread Crumbs in two separate, shallow bowls.
-Add the Italian Seasoning, Salt & Pepper to the breadcrumbs and mix well.
-Place Eggs in another small bowl and beat lightly.
-Drop a piece of Cheese into the Flour and roll it around until it is well covered. Shake off the excess Flour and dip the Cheese into the Egg mixture then into the Breadcrumbs until well coated. Repeat with the remaining Cheese Sticks.
-Once all of the Cheese Sticks have been breaded, freeze uncovered until the breadcrumb coating is firm.
-Pour enough Oil into a large heavy-bottomed pot to come to a depth of at least 2 inches. Heat oil until it reaches a temperature of 350°. Fry the Cheese Sticks in batches, being careful not to overwhelm the oil, until crispy and browned on the exterior, about 5 minutes.
-Drain on paper towels & repeat with remaining Cheese Sticks.

1/4 cup buttermilk (1/3 C. Milk with 1 Tsp. White Wine Vinegar)
2 Tbsp. Cream Cheese (Softened)
1 Tbsp. Plain Yogurt
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Tsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Ea. Basil, Shallots, Parsley & Mint (chopped fine)
Salt & Pepper to taste

-In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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