25 min 4
Classic Mozzarella Sticks
Almost straight from my childhood, these classic mozzarella sticks are just as good as the real breaded thing. A key ingredient here is the powdered Parmesan cheese. Since it is powdered, it mimics the adhesive qualities of breading, but without the carbs. Shredded Parmesan will not yield the same crispy exterior. When I've had a long day, I like to whip these up right when I come home, and then fry a batch for my favorite weeknight shows. These also freeze well if you prefer to make them in advance.
2 ounces powdered Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
5 mozzarella cheese sticks
Oil for frying
Pizza Sauce or Ranch Dressing for serving
Directions Preparing:10 minCooking:15 min
Step 1In a large bowl, combine the powdered Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
Step 2In another bowl, whisk the egg for 1 minute.
Step 3On a cutting board, slice each mozzarella stick crosswise into thirds for 15 pieces total.
Step 4Dip one piece of the mozzarella into the egg and then roll it in the seasoned Parmesan cheese.
Step 5Re-dip the piece of cheese in the egg, and then again in the Parmesan cheese.
Step 6Roll the cheese-covered mozzarella piece between your hands so the coating adheres.
Step 7Repeat with remaining mozzarella pieces.
Step 8Freeze the cheese sticks for at least 1 hour.
Step 9When ready to cook, preheat 1 inch of oil in a large pan to 350°F.
Step 10Place 2 to 3 cheese sticks in the pan at a time, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, turning halfway through.
Step 11Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Step 12Repeat with the remaining pieces.
Step 13Serve with the Pizza Sauce or Ranch Dressing.
Nutrition Facts (per serving of 3:1)