Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mozzarella Sticks - Melt In Your Mouth Good!!

Drum Roll Please........
Here is the Food Find of the week!
Oh my goodness this recipe is amazing!
I made these last night and we couldn't get enough of them!
Everyone will love you if you made these for a Thanksgiving side dish, a party, watching a football game, whatever the occasion - these would be the treats to have. 
They are so easy and fast to make! They just melt in your mouth!
People will wonder who made them for you!

Mozzarella Sticks

16 string cheese sticks (opened and cut in half)
1/2 cup of flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. Milk
1 cup Bread Crumbs
1 Tbsp. Dried parsley (optional)
1-2 cups oil for frying (canola or vegetable oil work best)
Prego Marinara Sauce for dipping

The easiest way to do this is to set everything up before you start.
Any small bowls or dishes will work. In the first bowl you will put the flour.
In the second bowl you whisk the eggs and the milk together.
And finally In the third dish mix together the bread crumbs and dried parsley. 
The parsley is optional because it really just adds color.
To begin cover each cheese stick completely in the flour and set on a plate.
Next, coat each flour covered cheese stick in the egg mixture. 
Be careful so that you let any excess egg drip off before placing them in the bowl with the bread crumbs.
After you roll one in the egg mixture roll the cheese sticks in the bread crumbs coating them completely and then continue each cheese stick.

(Make sure you cover them completely. The little holes that don't get covered melted cheese will just come out of them slightly. Which they still taste amazing, but it just effects their appearance.)

Once all the cheese sticks are covered and placed in a single layer, place the plate uncovered in the freezer for about an hour or overnight to let the topping harden.
When you're ready to fry the cheese sticks fill a small frying pan with 1-2 inches of oil on medium heat.
Let the oil warm for about 10 minutes before you begin using the oil.
Remember if the oil begins to smoke it is too hot.
Place one test cheese stick in the pan and let it cook until it gets golden brown on the outside.
This should take 2-4 minutes.
If it takes more time or less time you should probably change the heat up or down and wait a few more minutes before it is either hot enough or cooled down a bit.
The cheese sticks need to be in the hot oil for enough time to melt the cheese inside.
Fry the remaining of the cheese sticks, flipping them making sure they are golden brown on all sides.
Place them on a paper towel-line plate to drain.

For large quantities you can heat your oven to 200 degrees and put the cooked cheese sticks inside to keep them warm before you are ready to serve.

If you aren't planning on eating them right away or if you want to make them in advance for a party cook the sticks and then lay them on a baking sheet or plate. Freeze them for 3 hours and then place them in a Ziploc container. When removing them from the freezer just simple bake them at 450 degrees until they are warm and crisp.

* These mozzarella sticks are so good! 
   Remember the marinara sauce because dipping them are even twice as good.
* Also, if you want to make more this recipe is great if you want to double or triple the amount. And if there is   
  only 2-3 people you can cut the recipe in half or 1/4 too. Any way it all tastes the same!

If you don't have bread crumbs right on hand that you buy in the store you can make your own. Bake a slice or two of your own bread in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees, or broil for a shorter amount of time. After you pull them out use the bottom of a glass cup or anything like that and crush your bread. This makes your own homemade bread crumbs.

Its not too late to do some last minutes crafts for Thanksgiving Day!
Here are some quick ideas for to use.

- Make a Happy Thanksgiving sign to hang up.
- Gather decorations around the house for a centerpiece.
- Make fun name tags to place next to each plate. (These are great for children to be in charge of.)
- Thankful notes to write at the dinner table.
- A fall wreath placed on your front door to welcome guests!
- Fall Napkins.
- Homemade thankful place mats. (Maybe even ones they can write on them what they are thankful for.)
- Thanksgiving Tree (Find a small branch that may look like a tree or something similar. Have leaves cut out  
   of paper. Let everyone write on a leaf what they are thankful for and hang them on the tree)

Thanksgiving Tree