YES! You can make amazing Fried Mozzarella Sticks at home. In my opinion, they are so much better than any frozen product, or ones you can find on a menu! Honestly, they are so super easy to prepare. Just requires a bit of time management. The mozzarella sticks need to freeze prior to coating and frying. Do NOT skip this step or you may end up with a gooey mess in the fryer. One to two hours in the freezer will do. Be sure to purchase the string cheese version. I highly recommend NOT buying a block of mozzarella. The string cheese holds up much better during the frying process.
In my opinion, panko is the way to go for the breading. Often times, a seasoned bread crumb is a bit much. You will be seasoning the panko with a little kosher salt and black pepper. Oh, and I did add in a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to the coating. Feel free to skip this step. Honestly, they were NOT spicy. The red pepper gave this recipe another level of flavor!
HOW TO MAKE FRIED MOZZARELLA STICKS
Unwrap the mozzarella sticks and place in the freezer for at least an hour. Two hours works much better. When the cheese is ready, heat enough oil in a cast iron pan to fully cover the sticks. Temperature should be between 350 and 375 degrees. Create a breading station. One bowl (or paper towel) with the flour. Another bowl with beaten eggs and cream or milk. A final bowl with the panko bread crumbs, seasoned with kosher salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
To coat the cheese sticks, dunk a stick in water. Place directly into the flour and coat. Shake off any excess flour. Place in the egg mixture. Fully coat. Place in the breadcrumb mixture. Coat. Dunk back into the egg mixture, then a final coating with the bread crumbs. You may have to pack the breadcrumbs on the final coat. Set aside and coat the remaining cheese sticks as the oil is heating to temperature. Place cheese sticks in oil. Do this in batches. As soon as they are browned on both sides, remove and sprinkle with kosher salt. If you see any of the mozzarella sticks start to burst, take them out! Fry time is minimal. Finish frying the remaining sticks. Heat up the marinara sauce. I love this marinara from Delallo!
Place on serving dish. Sprinkle the Fried Mozzarella Sticks with fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately, or at room temperature. ENJOY!
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