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Mozzarella Sticks

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Description

You haven’t eaten fried mozzarella sticks until you’ve tried these mozzarella sticks, breaded with light, crispy Panko bread crumbs. Pay attention to the breading process—you can repeat it with zucchini spears, sweet potato sticks, chicken tenders, raw shrimp. Anything that needs breading. Panko crumbs for President!

Ingredients

  • 16 pieces String Cheese, Removed From Wrappers
  • ½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley Flakes
  • Canola Oil, For Frying
  • Marinara Sauce, For Dipping
  • 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs

Preparation

Slice string cheese pieces in half, for a total of 32 pieces.

Place flour in a small bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and milk.

In another separate bowl, combine panko bread crumbs with parsley flakes.

TO ASSEMBLE: One by one, roll mozzarella sticks in flour, then dunk in egg/milk mixture, then place in panko crumbs. Use your hand to sweep crumbs all over the mozzarella stick. Gently remove and place on a tray or cookie sheet. Repeat until all mozzarella sticks are coated.

***Place tray in freezer for 20 to 30 minutes to flash freeze.***

TO COOK: Heat 1 1/2 inches canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add mozzarella sticks 8 at a time. Watch closely and turn over to evenly brown, cooking less than 2 minutes. Do not allow cheese to bubble and leak.

Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.

Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce.

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nikkicheairs on 5.11.2011

I prepared theses yesterday and they were an absolute hit! Though I already knew it would be. Ree’s recipes are always fabulous! Thank you, Ree!

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tiastout on 11.11.2010

I love Mozzarella sticks! Now I can make them for myself and don’t have to go buy them! thank you so much!

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nikkiij on 11.11.2010

I made these last night and they came out great. I will admit I had to double coat with egg and panko(as it did not appear to coat well the first time). I believe the flash freeze technique is what holds these together. Nonetheless they came out delish!
Thanks for an awesome quick recipe!

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tlfaria on 7.13.2010

Just made these last weekend for my son’s birthday dinner appetizer and they turned out incredible! So easy and so good! The kids are already asking for them again! Thank you!

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scrapperjade on 7.7.2010

Oh, and I was taking them out of the oil with metal tongs… which punctured some of the sticks causing them to leak onto the paper… next time I’ll use a slotted spoon to carefully take them out!

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aggieheather on 5.13.2013

I followed instructions and added some salt to the panko mixture and it worked like a charm. I also fried up some avocados that were great.

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Liz on 2.25.2012

I’ve made these several times and they’re always perfect! I love cheese sticks from restaurants and have tried to make them myself before with very little luck, but these are just fabulous. If I could, I would eat these every day!

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Candace Covello on 9.13.2011

I had the same problems as many of the other reviewers. I had trouble coating them fully, then all the cheese melted out before the outside fully cooked. While I agree, the shells that were left were absolutely delicious. I was considering using a mixture of regular breadcrumbs and panko next time, to maybe help coat the cheese a little better. In addition, I will try the longer freezing time! I really wanna try these again! I am determined to make a tasty homemade mozz stick:)

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nikkicheairs on 5.12.2011

Ree, i’ve gotta say these are fantastic! I made them last night and yet again tonight. My kids and I love all of your recipes! Thanks again for another hit! ;-)

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natalietodd on 4.2.2011

Made these last night and they were tasty but hard to keep together and the cheese from oozing out. I found when the panko had lots of egg in it, from me dipping previous sticks, that it became more pliable and would completely cover the stick. I sort of molded the panko onto it at that point and the cheese did not ooze out of those.

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