Panko Breaded Mozzarella Sticks

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Ditch the ordinary and elevate your snack game with these homemade Crispy Golden Mozzarella Wands. Say goodbye to the bland frozen varieties filled with preservatives and artificial flavors; these delectable treats are perfect for game days, fall gatherings, or movie nights. The irresistible combination of gooey melted cheese encased in a golden, seasoned Panko breadcrumb crust is a crowd-pleaser that will have your friends and family coming back for more.

As we usher in the football, basketball, and fall party season, it’s hard to believe how swiftly time flies. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or prefer cozy movie nights, these Mozzarella Wands cater to all occasions. The beauty lies not only in their crispiness but also in the absence of the tedious and messy breading process. Thanks to the convenience of mozzarella string cheese, the hard work is practically done for you!

Let’s embark on the journey of crafting these tantalizing Crispy Golden Mozzarella Wands:

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 16

Ingredients:

  • 8 mozzarella string cheese sticks, halved
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Canola oil

Instructions:

  1. Begin by unwrapping the mozzarella cheese sticks.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and milk to create an indulgent egg bath.
  3. In another shallow bowl or plate, combine Panko breadcrumbs with dried basil, parsley, oregano, and garlic powder.
  4. Place all-purpose flour in a separate shallow bowl or plate.
  5. Take each mozzarella stick on a flavor-packed journey: start with a quick flour coating, then a dip into the luxurious egg mixture, followed by a roll in the aromatic Panko breadcrumb blend. For an extra layer of crispiness, dip back into the eggs and breadcrumbs.
  6. Lay out the beautifully breaded sticks on parchment paper-covered baking sheets, ensuring they are not touching to prevent freezing together. Freeze for 20-30 minutes; this step ensures the breading adheres during the frying process.
  7. Heat canola oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to a sizzling 375 degrees.
  8. Fry the sticks a few at a time, patiently waiting until they achieve a glorious golden brown hue – a process that takes just about a minute. Keep a close eye, as overcooking might lead to cheese leakage.
  9. Drain the Crispy Golden Mozzarella Wands on paper towels and serve promptly with warm marinara or chipotle mayo.

Recipe Notes and Tips:

  • Opt for regular mozzarella sticks; the low-fat variety doesn’t melt as indulgently.
  • Streamline the breading process by using one hand for wet ingredients and the other for the dry, minimizing the infamous breading fingers.
  • For an extra crunch, dip the sticks back into the egg mixture and breadcrumbs.
  • Maintain oil temperature at 375 degrees using a high-temperature thermometer.
  • Alternatively, bake the Mozzarella Wands at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes, drizzled with butter or sprayed with nonstick baking spray.

Dive into the irresistible world of these Crispy Golden Mozzarella Wands – a homemade snack that surpasses all expectations!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 sticks

Serves 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories340
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.7g27%
Cholesterol 143.7mg48%
Sodium 551.5mg24%
Total Carbohydrate 19.5g7%
Sugars 2.4g
Protein 18.6g37%
Vitamin A 17%Vitamin C 1%

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