I've been giving weekly cooking lessons to a 20-something year old this summer. When I asked what he wanted to learn how to make this week, he responded, "I don't suppose you know how to make mozzarella sticks?" Yes, mozzarella sticks!! They're not difficult to make at home, but there are a couple of really important things you need to do in order to achieve success. Here's what you need to know.
- 12 mozzarella string cheese sticks, unwrapped
- 3 eggs, beaten well
- 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- olive oil for frying
- popcorn salt for sprinkling (super fine salt)
- your favorite tomato sauce for dipping
- Place beaten eggs in a shallow bowl.
- Place breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl.
- Coat mozzarella sticks with beaten egg, then coat with bread crumbs.
- Repeat step 3.
- Place double coated mozzarella sticks on a sheet pan or plate and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- In a tall sided non-stick sauce pan, gently heat about 1 inch of oil until it bubbles when a wooden spoon placed in it.
- Fry 3 or 4 sticks at a time, turning when necessary and adjusting heat as needed. They should only take 2-3 minutes to cook.
- Remove from oil and drain on paper towels when brown and cheese begins to ooze; sprinkle immediately with popcorn salt or very fine salt.
- Serve with your favorite tomato sauce for dipping (my San Marzano Tomato Sauce is the bomb!).
Note: To make your own Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs, add the following to one cup of plain dry bread crumbs:
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil