Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

We continue onto Week 13 of College Football, which means another delicious Football bite! I can’t believe this is the last week of the regular season. It went by so fast! Today we are playing our biggest rival-Michigan. At the beginning of the 2011 season the Big 10 Conference was split into two six-team divisions. Ohio State and Michigan were placed in separate divisions, but the Michigan–Ohio State rivalry continues to take place at the end of the regular season every year. I thought what better football bite to prepare for the big rivalry than Fried Mozzarella Sticks! :) This easy appetizer makes the perfect bite for tailgating parties.

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Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Italian-style dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/3 cups freshly grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (16-ounce) packages mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 4 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, 1 cup of Parmesan and salt.
  2. Cut each mozzarella stick in half.
  3. Beat eggs in a shallow bowl and  dip the cheese sticks into the eggs to coat completely and allow the excess egg to drip back into the bowl. Coat the cheese in the bread crumb mixture, patting to adhere and coat completely. Repeat dipping the cheese sticks in the egg and bread crumb mixture to coat a second time. Place the cheese sticks on a baking sheet, cover and freeze until frozen, about 2 hours.
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Working in batches, fry the cheese until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Transfer the fried cheese to plates. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve.

Yields: about 56 sticks

Source: adapted from Food Network

If you’ve missed them, make sure to check out the rest of my College Football Bites: :)

Week One: Pizza Pretzel Bites               

Week Two: Slow Roasted Pulled Pork 

Week Three: Mini Corn Dogs                 

Week Four: Buffalo Chicken Bites         

Week Five: Texas Chili                            

Week Six: Beer Battered Fried Pickles 

Week Seven: Buffalo Wings                    

Week Eight: Queso Blanco Dip              

Week Nine: Sloppy Joes                          

Week Ten: Ultimate Spicy Beef Nachos 

Week Eleven: Spinach & Artichoke Dip 

Week Twelve: Sweet & Sour Meatballs  

14 Responses to “Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks”

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — November 26, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    I want to come to your house on game day and just hang out in the kitchen! I mean look at that breading.

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    Chica Andaluza — November 26, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    Deep fried mozzarella – gorgeous! have never heard of mozzarella sticks, but I´m sure I could improvise :)

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    The Teenage Taste — November 26, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    I second what Rufus said! All of your College Football Bites look fabulous – my favorites are these mozzarella sticks and the queso blanco dip!

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    Rachel — November 26, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    Was a good game today, so close! We’ll get ‘em next year….GO BUCKS!

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — November 26, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    Oooh this looks yum!

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    ChgoJohn — November 27, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    Double breaded? I can almost hear the crunch from here. Great recipe!

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    Just A Smidgen — November 27, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    Mmmmm, oozy melted cheesiness… We have our Grey Cup football game today but it’s so windy I can’t get the garage door open to get to the store!! So I shall pout and drool over your photos!

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    kat — November 28, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

    Yummm! I usually don’t eat these, but after seeing your super tasty pics I’m sold! Heheh :)

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    jennifer a mergott — December 2, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    These look amazing. I’m definitely not gonna buy the frozen kind anymore.

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    GoodbyeNavi — February 2, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Ok. Yes. Yes. Yes. These look amazing! I love learning how to make my favorite foods from scratch.

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