72 min 4
Mini Mozzarella Sticks
There’s nothing like a crispy, salty, ooey-gooey mozzarella stick. The secret to making them is that you absolutely must make and freeze them in advance; or they’ll end up a hot, ooey-gooey mess all over the baking sheet instead of in your mouth.
1 (1 ½-ounce) bag pork rinds
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup grated organic Parmesan cheese
1 large free-range egg
1 large free-range egg white
10 whole-milk organic mozzarella cheese sticks
Oil, for frying
Marinara sauce, for dipping (optional)
TipsTo bake the mozzarella sticks, don’t freeze them first. Simply bake at 350°F for about 6 minutes
Directions Preparing:70 minCooking:2 min
Step 1Line a rimmed baking sheet or large plate with parchment paper.
Step 2In a food processor or blender, combine the pork rinds, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pulse until you have a bread crumb–like consistency. Use a spatula to stir in the Parmesan cheese. Transfer some of the mixture to a small bowl.
Step 3In another small bowl, whisk together the egg and egg white.
Step 4Cut each mozzarella stick into two short halves.
Step 5Dip each mozzarella half into the egg mixture, then roll it in the “breading,” refilling the breading as needed. Place the coated mozzarella sticks on the lined baking sheet or plate.
Step 6Freeze the mozzarella sticks for at least 1 hour.
Step 7In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot, fry the mozzarella sticks for about 1 minute on each side. Serve warm, with marinara sauce for dipping (if using).
Nutrition Facts (per serving of 4)