AWESOME FRIED CHEESE STICKS

Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

Found this recipe on the back of a package of cheese sticks. It's my favorite appetizer to order in restaurants.
Photo: replicarecipes.com
12-04-15


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Serves:

Makes 24 pieces

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

5 Min

Method:

Deep Fry

Ingredients

2
eggs, beaten
1/4 c
water
1-1/2 c
seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
pepper
2/3 c
all purpose flour
1/3 c
cornstarch
1 qt
oil for deep frying
1 pkg
(24) mozzarella string cheese sticks

MARINARA SAUCE:

2 can(s)
(14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained, reserving liquid
1 can(s)
(28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 c
diced onion
1 Tbsp
dried basil
2 tsp
italian seasoning
2 Tbsp
sugar
1/2 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a small bowl, mix the eggs and water.
2
Mix the bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. In a separate medium bowl, blend the flour and cornstarch.
3
In a large heavy saucepan, heat the oil to 365º F (185ºC).
4
One at a time, coat each mozzarella stick in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, then in the bread crumbs and finally into the hot oil.
5
Fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
6
Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve with Marinara or your favorite Ranch dipping sauce. Refrigerate any leftovers.
7
MARINARA SAUCE:

Saute the onions in a saucepan, careful not to let them brown.
8
Add the liquid drained from the diced tomatoes.
Add basil, Italian seasonings, sugar and crushed red pepper. Simmer liquid and spices for about 30 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
9
Add the diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes and cook just until heated, about 1 minute.
10
Serve as a dipping sauce with Awesome Fried Cheese Sticks.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids