What is better than biting in to a gooey mozzarella stick? Literally nothing. Now instead of having to buy them frozen or even worse, paying $9 for them at a restaurant, you can make ’em cheap and easy at home!
This recipe is crazy simple but HEADS UP! You’ll need to start this about 2 hours before you want to eat them. So, here it goes.
What you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 cup of water
- 3 string cheese sticks, cut in half
- 2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup neutral oil (canola, vegetable, etc)
First things first, cut your mozzarella sticks in half, or even in thirds if you want bite size ones!
Next you’re going to mix your flour and water until its similar to the consistency of pancake batter.
On a separate plate spread your bread crumbs. Now comes the messy part. When dipping things I like to use the two hand method: one in the wet, one in the dry. So with one hand I dip the string cheese in the flour/water mixture until its coated, shake off the extra, and place it on the bread crumbs.
With my other hand I sprinkle bread crumbs on it and then roll it around until its coated. And then… back in the wet mixture and one last time in the bread crumbs. Doing this ensures that the mozzarella sticks will be evenly and perfectly coated. We also want to make sure that the breadcrumb mixture covers every centimeter because if not, the cheese will start oozing out during the cooking process.
When these are all nice and coated, put them in the fridge for 2 hours. Putting them in the fridge stiffens up the cheese and the coating. If you don’t put them in the fridge the cheese will melt before the coating browns so don’t miss this crucial step!
Once your mozzarella sticks have been in the fridge for a little, its time to cook them! In a pan add your neutral oil to the pan and warm it up on medium heat (not olive oil because a)more expensive and b)gives it a stronger oily taste). To check if the oil is hot enough, stick the back of a wooden spoon in the pan. If bubbles start to come up around the spoon, it’s ready. Add your mozzarella sticks, but make sure there’s room in between them.
Cook for about 3 minutes each side and they should be a nice golden brown! When you take them out of the pan, set them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
Then, serve them up however you like! If you’re like Fat Sal’s, stick ’em in your sandwich! Or, go the classic route and serve them up with some marinara sauce. However you do it, I hope you enjoy!