Despite the abundance of mozzarella sticks found on menus just about everywhere, the idea of making them at home always seems so elusive. For whatever reason, they feel just beyond one’s grasp (or perhaps more accurately, just beyond my grasp). Though as it turns out, they’re pretty simple to make. They don’t require any extra super human powers or culinary skills. It’s just a few simple ingredients like fresh mozzarella, eggs, breadcrumbs, and a frying pan.
- ½ lb fresh mozzarella
- 1-2 eggs
- 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- olive oil
- Drain the fresh mozzarella, cut into small chunks, and place on a paper towel to drain further.
- Whisk together the eggs and small amount of milk in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Place the flour in a third, separate bowl.
- Coat the chunks of mozzarella in the flour, then the egg mixture, and finally in the breadcrumb mixture.
- Repeat each step above (flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs), so that you are double-breading each piece of mozzarella.
- Add olive oil to a sauté pan such that the bottom of the pan is thinly covered in oil, bring to medium-high heat. There’s no need to overdo it on the oil, just add more when needed.
- Add the breaded mozzarella to the pan, turning occasionally to brown on all sides, no more than a couple of minutes on each side.
- Remove from the pan, place on a paper towel to drain the excess oil, transfer to a new plate, and serve while warm with your favorite tomato sauce for dipping.
The double breading in this recipe is somewhat optional. It will still taste great without it, however the double breading adds an extra crunch on the outside while preventing the mozzarella from melting out into the pan. Also use your judgment as to how much Parmesan (or other optional spices) to add to the breadcrumb mixture.
Now admittedly, these are more time consuming than just taking out a bag of frozen mozzarella sticks and putting them in the oven for ten minutes. So it’s certainly not the sort of recipe to make all the time. Yet, it would be perfect for a small gathering of friends. They give off an air of, “Yes, I’m fancy (I made homemade mozzarella sticks…), but I appreciate the simple goodness of the basics, i.e. cheesy, melty, crunchy, and ever-so-satisfying mozzarella sticks.”
Stay tuned for a healthier baked version of these homemade mozzarella sticks on Elle & Pear!