Homemade Mozzarella Sticks are a delicious and popular appetizer, perfect for parties or as a tasty snack. They are surprisingly easy to make at home. Here’s a simple recipe:
- 1 lb block mozzarella cheese
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Marinara sauce, for dipping
- Cut the Cheese:
- Slice the mozzarella block into sticks approximately 3/4 inch thick and 4 inches long.
- Prepare Dipping Stations:
- In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs with the milk.
- In a second shallow bowl, place the flour.
- In a third shallow bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
- Coat the Mozzarella Sticks:
- First, coat each stick in flour and shake off the excess.
- Then, dip it into the egg mixture.
- Finally, roll it in the breadcrumb mixture, ensuring it’s completely coated. For a thicker crust, repeat the egg and breadcrumb steps.
- Place the coated mozzarella sticks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours. This step is crucial to prevent the cheese from melting too quickly when fried.
- Heat the Oil:
- In a deep skillet or deep fryer, heat the oil to 365°F (185°C).
- Fry the Mozzarella Sticks:
- Fry the mozzarella sticks in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook for about 1 minute or until golden brown.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the sticks from the oil and drain them on paper towels.
- Serve the mozzarella sticks hot with marinara sauce for dipping.
Enjoy your homemade mozzarella sticks! They are best when eaten fresh and crispy from the fryer.