Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites


Mozzarella cheese sticks are the snacks I tried as monsoon special snack with some exotic flavors. This version of Mozzarella sticks is a deep fried (no bake) and egg-less version in Indian Style. These cheesy bites are prepared by coating the mozzarella sticks in the batter of cornflour & all purpose flour and then with Italian herbs seasoned breadcrumbs which are then deep fried at high smoking point.Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites

Although the Mozzarella sticks are from Italian cuisine but they form a much demanded and popular appetizers at American restaurants. Most of the recipes call for eggs but to make it vegetarian I skipped them (eggs and non veg are restricted during these holy days of shrawan. This one is considered as tradition in most Hindus homes). Panko style breadcrumbs are not an easy find here so I have used the regular breadcrumbs. I feel this may or may not make any huge difference. I myself enjoyed them thoroughly in lovely weather. They are so delectable; their gooey oozing out mozzarella with crunchy and exotic flavored, aromatic coating that team up best with tomato ketchup or hot-sweet tomato sauce.

Here is its easy recipe-

Recipe

Time Taken- For Preparation- 20 min

                       For Cooking- 15 min

Servings/Yield- 10 sticks

Category- Snacks/Appetizers

Ingredients

Mozzarella cheese block- 100 g (cut in sticks of around 1 cm thickness, 2 inch long)

Corn Starch/flour- 2 tbsp

All Purpose flour/refined flour- 2 tbsp

Paprika- ½ tsp

Black Pepper- ½ tsp

Salt- 3/4 tsp or to taste

Bread crumbs- 1½ cups

Pasta Seasoning/Mixed dried herbs- 2 tsp

Oil- for deep frying

Steps to follow-

  1. Take mozzarella block and cut into sticks. Put aside.Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites
  2. Take a deep bowl, put in corn-flour, all purpose flour, paprika, black pepper and salt. Mix them well.Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites
  3. Now add in water as required and whisk uniformly well to get thick coat-y consistency of batter like that for fritters. If it gets runny a bit, add both flours in equal proportions with adjusted seasoning (the batter should coat thick)Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites
  4. In another plate; mix breadcrumbs and dried herbs. Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites
  5. Now take one stick; coat it in the batter and then with breadcrumbs-herbs mix. Both coating in a uniform manner. Likewise coat all mozzarella sticks and place them together on a plate.Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites
  6. Refrigerate them for 15-20 min.
  7. Heat oil in a deep heavy bottomed fry pan to 375˚ F (You can measure the temp without frying thermometer; when you’d keep oil in the pan for heating up, take one wooden spatula or ladle with you. When the oil will heat up near to the required temp, it will show the numerous small bubbles at the bottom of the pan. When you’d put in ladle in the oil, the joining edge will show vigorous bubbling around. That means oil is heated up to the temp necessary for frying mozzarella sticks).Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites
  8. Now drop in four mozzarella sticks one by one carefully (only 4 at a time, no overcrowding, as more than that may result in dropping down of temp too fast).Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites
  9. Fry them well turning each one swiftly and carefully until they turn nice golden brown (this will happen fast so be active and swift). Take out on an absorbent kitchen paper just at the moment you see a li’l bit cheese starts oozing out. Then go for another slot keeping the same reqd. temp of frying oil.
  10. Plate up and serve and gobble up immediately when hot and gooey with tomato ketchup or hot and sweet sauce.Mozzarella Sticks or Mozzarella Cheesy bites

Enjoy your snack time!

In case of any unavailability of packaged breadcrumbs, you can make your own breadcrumbs by dry roasting brown bread or even white one would do. Roast 2 bread slices nice brown and crispy and then grind it coarsely near to fine grainy texture.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Yummy:). My Famiy is a fan of these…
    Missed you here lately 🙂

    1. shobhnaa says:

      thank you sonal….I hope you enjoy making them for your family. I was also missing you and my blogging but I had been coming here to check out few updates….couldn’t checkout all posts updated from y’all fellow bloggers b’coz I was a li’l bit busy in some personal matters at home and was feeling sick, still not very well.

      1. Oh….I hope you feel better soon and have a great weekend my dear :).

      2. shobhnaa says:

        Thank you….you also have an awesome weekend!

  2. Namrata says:

    Yumm.. gooey cheesy sticks!

    1. shobhnaa says:

      Indeed they are….enjoyable!

  3. priya7011 says:

    I love Mozzarella Sticks. I’m going right into the kitchen to make this!!

    1. shobhnaa says:

      Sure… Enjoy cooking and eating them!

  4. Maria Nasir says:

    Hey Shobhnaa ,
    These cheese sticks are sinfully delicious ! I think they have my name written all over them 😉 it’s tea time here n I’m craving them so bad. I’ll have to wait till tomorrow to get mozzarella as I’m out of it or can these be made with cheddar as well ?

    1. shobhnaa says:

      😀 Yeah I was also craving for them so I shared & wished to cook but then abstain somehow to resort on salad I prepared that time.
      I am not sure about it because I have not used cheddar for this or otherwise also. But on the basis of by far gained knowledge about melting properties of cheese. Cheddar cheese has comparatively much lower melting point and melts more easily than mozzarella while mozzarella can stand with that high temperature of frying oil. So I feel they cannot be made with cheddar. I hope you’d agree 🙂 But if you can experiment and can take risk….you can try frying 😉 But suggested not to do so…. 🙂

  5. YesCook says:

    I love mozzarella in any form.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. shobhnaa says:

      My pleasure. I like sharing good, useful & delicious things. Give a try, you’d like it 🙂

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