Mozzarella Sticks

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Indulge in the crispy, cheesy goodness of homemade mozzarella sticks. These golden delights are the perfect appetizer or snack for any occasion. With their crunchy exterior and oozing, melty cheese center, they are sure to be a hit with everyone. Whether you’re hosting a game night, a party, or simply craving a tasty treat, this homemade mozzarella sticks recipe will satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more. Join us as we take you through the step-by-step process of creating these delicious, crowd-pleasing snacks.

Mozzarella sticks, with their irresistibly crispy exterior and gooey, melted cheese interior, are a beloved appetizer or snack enjoyed by people of all ages. These delightful treats have a history rooted in Italian cuisine.

The key ingredient, mozzarella cheese, has been a staple in Italy for centuries. The cheese originated in Southern Italy, particularly in the Campania region, where buffalo milk mozzarella, known as “mozzarella di bufala,” is considered a delicacy. The cheese-making technique involves stretching and kneading the curd to achieve its characteristic smooth, stringy texture.

The concept of coating cheese with breadcrumbs and frying it can be traced back to Italian cuisine as well. Italians have a long history of frying foods, including arancini (fried rice balls) and various fritters.

Mozzarella sticks, as we know them today, likely evolved in the United States, where Italian immigrants brought their culinary traditions and adapted them to local tastes. They gained popularity as a bar or pub snack in the mid-20th century and have since become a classic finger food enjoyed in restaurants, homes, and sports events nationwide.

Mozzarella Sticks

Our homemade mozzarella sticks are made with fresh mozzarella cheese, coated in a crispy breadcrumb mixture, and fried to golden perfection. The combination of the warm, melted cheese and the crunchy coating creates a delightful contrast of textures and flavors. These mozzarella sticks are not only easy to make, but they also taste much better than the store-bought version. Serve them with marinara sauce or your favorite dipping sauce for a truly satisfying experience. Get ready to enjoy a plate full of cheesy goodness with our homemade mozzarella sticks.

Tools and Equipment

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 25 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 12 Calories: 152.03 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prepare a breading station with three separate bowls: one with flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with a mixture of breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, dried Italian herbs (if using), salt, and pepper.

  2. Take a mozzarella stick and coat it in flour, shaking off any excess.

  3. Dip the coated mozzarella stick into the beaten eggs, ensuring it is completely covered.

  4. Roll the mozzarella stick in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere the breadcrumbs to the cheese. Ensure the stick is evenly coated.

  5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the remaining mozzarella sticks.

  6. Place the coated mozzarella sticks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

  7. In the meantime, heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large heavy-bottomed pot to 375°F (190°C).

  8. Carefully lower a few mozzarella sticks into the hot oil using a slotted spoon or tongs. Avoid overcrowding the pot.

  9. Fry the mozzarella sticks for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

  10. Remove the fried mozzarella sticks from the oil and transfer them to a wire rack lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.

  11. Repeat steps 8-10 with the remaining mozzarella sticks.

  12. Serve the homemade mozzarella sticks immediately with marinara sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12


Amount Per Serving
Calories 152.03kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.17g10%
Saturated Fat 2.22g12%
Cholesterol 35.52mg12%
Sodium 225.01mg10%
Potassium 30.22mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 16.42g6%
Dietary Fiber 0.45g2%
Sugars 0.77g
Protein 6.7g14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Please note that the nutritional values provided are approximate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. It's always best to double-check with your specific ingredients and measurements for accurate nutritional information.

Note

Tips and Variations:
  • For an extra cheesy twist, add a small piece of cheddar or pepper jack cheese in the center of each mozzarella stick.
  • Experiment with different coatings, such as crushed pretzels, cornflakes, or seasoned breadcrumbs, to add unique flavors and textures to your mozzarella sticks.
  • If you prefer a healthier alternative, you can bake the mozzarella sticks in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Customize the seasoning in the breadcrumb mixture by adding spices like garlic powder, paprika, or dried herbs to suit your taste preferences.
Serving Suggestions:
  • Serve the homemade mozzarella sticks as an appetizer at parties, game nights, or family gatherings.
  • Pair them with marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or any other favorite dipping sauce.
  • Add a side of fresh salad or veggies for a balanced meal.
Allergen Information:

Mozzarella sticks typically contain the following potential allergens:

  • Dairy: Mozzarella cheese is a dairy product, making this recipe unsuitable for individuals with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance.

  • Gluten: The breading used to coat mozzarella sticks usually contains wheat flour, so those with gluten allergies or sensitivities should exercise caution. Gluten-free alternatives are available for breading.

Wine or Drink Pairing:

Pairing beverages with mozzarella sticks can be a delightful experience. Here are some options:

  • Marinara Sauce: The classic dip for mozzarella sticks is marinara sauce. Pairing these sticks with a glass of red wine, such as a Chianti or Sangiovese, can complement the tomato-based sauce beautifully.

  • Beer: Mozzarella sticks and beer are a match made in heaven. Opt for a light lager or pilsner to balance the richness of the cheese and the crispy coating.

  • Iced Tea: If you prefer a non-alcoholic option, a cold glass of sweet iced tea can be a refreshing and complementary choice.

Storage and Leftovers:

If you find yourself with leftover mozzarella sticks, here's how to store and reheat them for a tasty encore:

  • Refrigeration: Place leftover mozzarella sticks in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in aluminum foil. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

  • Reheating: To maintain their crispiness, it's best to reheat mozzarella sticks in the oven or an air fryer. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), place the sticks on a baking sheet, and heat for about 10-12 minutes, or until they're heated through and crispy again.

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