Sunday, February 12, 2012
Melted cheese is my weakness...next to chocolate of course. Ever had brie, topped with apricot preserves wrapped in puffed pastry, and baked till golden and gooey. * I might be drooling right now.*
I traditionally stay away from fried foods, not because I dont enjoy them but merely because of the health factor. Occasionally, I give in and indulge. Like when you eye the deep-fried oreos and three muskateers bar at the fair. Absolutely delicious yet entirely a heart attack waiting to happen. On the cheese front, Mozzarella sticks are usually the one thing that I never crave. The pre-made, frozen sticks usually have an overly processed, too much breading, and entirely too greasy characteristic about them.
However, these mozzarella sticks are made from scratch with italian and panko bread crumbs and baked about 7 minutes till golden and melted. These puppies passed the taste test when I served them at a Superbowl party. Luckily, this recipe made a ton so I had plenty to freeze and heat up on the whim at a later date.
This is a must try!
Baked Mozzarella Sticks
2 packages mozzarella string cheese
1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs
1/2 c. Panko Bread crumbs
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. all-purpose flour
Cut all cheese sticks in half and place in freezer till completely frozen, about 2-3 hrs.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs. set aside. On a large plate, place the four and set aside. In a deep dish (I used a pie plate), combine the bread crumbs and cheese. Toss together.
Remove the cheese sticks from the freezer. In small batches of 4 pieces, roll entirely in flour and tap off excess. Using a fork, place floured sticks in the egg mixture and coat. Let the excess egg drain before placing in the bread crumb mixture. Press the mixture on all sides of the cheese sticks to ensure sticking. Place prepared sticks on a greased baking sheet. Continue till all sticks are coated and ready.
Bake in oven for 7 minutes. Serve immediately with a side of marinara. If you do not wish to bake all the cheese sticks, place the remaining prepared sticks in a freezer bag till ready.