20 January, 2016
Bacon Mozzarella Sticks
Post #3! Look at me go!
After devouring last weeks mozzarella shot glasses, I decided I just HAD to have more fried cheese in my life! So I married two of my favorite things, mozzarella and bacon, and thus, BACON CRUSTED MOZZARELLA STICKS were born. I created a quick video this time to help everyone who wants to make their own!
*I definitely need to thank everyone again for featuring my recipes, I am so humbled!!
Before we begin, I have a confession to make. The mozzarella sticks aren’t actually covered with bacon I tried multiple times to get real bacon to adhere to the mozzarella, but couldn’t come up with a method that worked well enough…so I settled on “Bacon-Bits”. I ended up loving the idea, it made the sticks amazingly crunchy!
All you’re going to need for this recipe is:
-a package of string cheese
-1/4 cup of milk
-and bacon bits (or any form of artificial dried bacon pieces!)
Now, these do have to sit in the freezer for a few hours before frying so you could perhaps prepare them the day before or morning of.
Coat the mozzarella sticks in flour, shaking off any excess flour when done.
Generously coat the floured mozzarella in an egg wash (3 egg, 1/4 milk) and shake off any excess egg wash.
Coat the egg-washed mozzarella sticks in breadcrumbs before coating them one more time back in the egg wash.
The final step is to coat them GENEROUSLY in bacon bits. Don’t be afraid to press the bacon bits onto the mozzarella. You want to make sure they are about 90% covered with the bacon bits!
Place the mozzarella sticks on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze 1-2 hours.
Before you pull them out of the freezer, get some hot oil ready in a deep fryer or cast iron pan on medium-high heat. If you’re going to use a cast iron pan and don’t have any way of checking the temperature, wet a wooden skewer with some water and stick it into the oil. If the oil bubbles, you’re ready to fry!
Work in small batches when frying (4 at a time). The more mozzarella sticks you put into the oil, the more the temperature of the oil will drop! Let them fry about two-three minutes, then remove. Obviously, you should be super careful because oil burns are NO joke. If you’d like to be a bit health conscious with a dish like this (HA!) let them sit for a minute or two on some paper towels. This will soak up any excess oil. Serve the sticks with any dipping sauce you’d like, or even plain! As with most of my dishes (AND ANY!), they are much better when served with some alcohol, followed by some chocolate