My son loves cheese sticks, but the cost of those in the freezer section of your grocery store are expensive for the few sticks you get. So I decided to find a recipe and make them myself and have them in the freezer. Now whenever the urge hits, I’ll be ready!
This recipe is from the Taste of the South Magazine , Winter 2006 issue. Can you tell I like to keep my older magazines? I am getting around to writing up my favorite recipes or the ones I want to try to finally parting with these older issues to make room for newer ones.
Homemade Fried Cheese Sticks
recipe adapted from Taste of the South Magazine, Winter 2006
1 (16-ounce) block of mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cup oven-toasted bread crumbs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 TB Italian seasoning
3 large eggs
Vegetable oil for frying
Cut cheese into 1/2-x-1/2-x-4-inch sticks
In a shallow dish, combine bread crumbs,flour, and Italian seasoning
In a small bowl, lightly beat eggs
Dip cheese sticks into the beaten eggs, allowing excess to drain. Coat each cheese stick in bread-crumb mixture. Dip coated cheese sticks in eggs, allowing excess to drain, Roll in bread crumbs again. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat procedure with the remaining cheese sticks. Cover and freeze for at least two hours or up to 2 days.
In a large skillet, pour oil to depth of 1/2 inch. Heat to 350 degrees F over medium heat on stove top. Fry frozen cheese sticks, 5 at a time, for 1 minute per side, or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels and keep warm. I took the sticks out just as cheese began to ooze thru coating to be sure cheese was completely melted.
Serve with pizza or marinara sauce.
Yield: 18 sticks
Verdict: These were much better than the frozen ones from the store. My family gave them 3 stars. I only cooked enough to finish this post so the rest are in the freezer until next time we have a craving. I will definitely make these again to have in the freezer from time to time. I used my left over pizza sauce from the grilled pizza and the sauce was the perfect dip.