Forget football, bring on the mozzarella sticks!

8 Feb

In case you missed it, the Super Bowl was on Sunday. Here’s a quick recap: the Green Bay Packers won, the halftime show was terrible, Lea Michele rocked, and Christina Aguilera messed up the national anthem. And while all of that is now obsolete, there is one thing that is not obsolete–the pound I gained.

It’s not that I ate a large variety of food. It’s that I ate a large quantity of one type of food. Mozzarella sticks. Homemade mozzarella sticks, courtesy of a recipe I stole obtained from Guy Fieri’s show “Guy’s Big Bite”. I love mozzarella sticks. What’s not to love about fried cheese? That’s right. Nothing.

The mozzarella sticks were easier to make than I had originally thought, even with using wonton wrappers instead of egg roll wrappers, as he suggests. I also modified the recipe to exclude the salami, used mainly plain breadcrumbs and sliced the cheese sticks in thirds rather than halves to accommodate the smaller wrappers. They were still so delicious that I ate about 10 of them.

Here’s the original recipe:

Guy Fieri’s Mozzarella Sticks (from www.foodnetwork.com)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 8 ounces mozzarella string cheese, individually wrapped
  • 16 thin slices salami, 2 1/2-inches in diameter
  • 8 egg roll/spring roll wrappers

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, add oil and heat to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium shallow bowl, whisk eggs and milk thoroughly. In another medium bowl mix panko and Italian bread crumbs.
  3. Dredge 1 entire side of egg roll wrapper into egg wash. Place 2 slices of salami in the center of wrapper, towards the edge closest to you. Place 1 stick of cheese on top of salami. Roll wrapper edge closest to you over the filling. Tuck ends and continue to roll until it forms an egg roll shape.
  4. Dredge rolled wrapper in egg wash again, and then thoroughly coat in bread crumb mixture. (Wrappers can be frozen for future use at this point.)
  5. Add 1 to 2 rolled wrappers to oil at a time, cooking 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Be careful not to over cook, or cook on too high of a temperature as wraps may explode. Remove fried cheese to a paper-towel lined plate and serve immediately

I used jarred marinara sauce because I have yet to find a good recipe for homemade sauce. If you have a quick, tasty and easy recipe for marinara sauce, please let me know!

 
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