– 1 pound mozzarella cheese
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 2 eggs
– 1 cup breadcrumbs
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– Vegetable oil, for frying
– Marinara sauce or zesty garlic aioli, for dipping
Step 1: Prepare the cheese
Cut the mozzarella cheese into sticks, approximately 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Pat them dry with a kitchen towel to remove any excess moisture. This step is crucial to achieving that perfect gooey interior.
Step 2: Set up a breading station
In three separate shallow bowls, place the all-purpose flour, beaten eggs, and a mixture of breadcrumbs, dried oregano, garlic powder, and salt. This breading station will ensure that each stick is coated luxuriously in crispy goodness.
Step 3: Bread the cheese
Dip each mozzarella stick into the flour, coating it lightly. Then, dip it into the beaten eggs, ensuring it’s thoroughly coated. Finally, roll it in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to ensure a generous coating.
Step 4: Freeze for optimal frying
Place the breaded mozzarella sticks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop the tray into the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Freezing them will firm up the cheese, preventing it from oozing out during frying.
Step 5: Fry to perfection
In a deep saucepan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Carefully drop a few mozzarella sticks into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry them for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Repeat with the remaining sticks.
Step 6: Serve and dip
Arrange your golden sticks of joy on a platter, ready to tantalize your taste buds. Serve them alongside marinara sauce for that classic pairing or whip up a zesty garlic aioli for a tangy twist.
Tips and variations:
– For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding some finely chopped fresh basil or dried red chili flakes to the breadcrumb mixture.
– Experiment with different cheeses like cheddar, pepper jack, or even brie for a decadent twist on traditional mozzarella sticks.
– If you prefer a healthier alternative, you can bake the breaded mozzarella sticks in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Now, my fellow food adventurers, it’s time to embrace the tradition and creativity behind this beloved dish. Indulge in the heavenly combination of crispy exteriors and gooey interiors that bring joy with every bite. Share this experience with loved ones and create memories that will be cherished for years to come.