Have you ever been standing in the middle of the supermarket with your boyfriend who decides that he wants to make mozzarella sticks for dinner? So you both frantically look for recipes on your IPhones in order to make sure you have all the ingredients? Well that was me and Jeremy a few nights ago when we starving in Ralphs, FYI- mozzarella sticks are not something you make when you’re starving. Needless to say it was a stressful process.
Mozz sticks are no easy feat, in fact it is an art. They need to be gently coated and then coaxed into the pan of hot oil! We decided to pan fry them versus over fry them because apparently you’re supposed to freeze them for an hour before you oven fry them. We did not have patience for waiting an hour and then 15-20 min to bake. We poured about a 1/2 of an inch of olive oil in to the pan and slipped those puppies in.
As you can see frying the cheese sticks is very serious, you mustn’t lose focus or you will have pools of cheese in the pan. Or worse, blackened mozzarella sticks! The result is luscious pillows of cheese and panko that melt in your mouth…
Needless to say these bad boys hit the spot. There are only a couple of things I’d do differently next time; buy a better quality mozzarella, we bought Ralph’s brand because it was cheap. Oh and freeze them longer. I think that plays a lot into the consistency of the middle.
What have you made for dinner recently? Anything as non-traditional as mozzarella sticks?