Warm gooey cheese wrapped in crunchy bread crumbs. Genius. Wish I had been the first person to think of it. Actually, on second thought, I probably would have been too embarrassed to tell anyone if it had been my idea.
"Hey, guys. I made up this new finger food. It's fried string cheese." I can just smell the judgment.
I didn't make these up. But I do love them. The boyfriend and I gobbled these up until there was one lonely mozzarella stick left, and it took all the resolve I had in me to be a lady and act like I didn't want the last one. But I did want. Oh how I wanted it. :)
I learned how to make these from the best. To make your own you will need: string cheese (each one will make two mozzarella sticks), bread crumbs (I used Panko), two eggs, 1 tablespoon milk, 1/4 cup flour, basil or parsley flakes and oil for frying.
First set yourself up a little station like mine, shown above. You need a tray or shallow bowl of flour, one of bread crumbs and basil flakes, and one with the eggs and milk whisked together. Cut all of your string cheese sticks in half. Dip the cheese sticks in the flour and coat all sides. Then dip them in the egg mixture. And then dip them on the bread crumbs, lightly rolling them around so they get completely coated. After they get crumbed place them all on a clean plate.
Cover the plate in plastic wrap and set in the freezer for thirty minutes. This will sort of flash freeze the cheese sticks, ensuring that they won't melt on the inside before the outside has a chance to crisp when cooking. Heat a couple inches of oil on medium/high heat. Once the oil is nice and hot gently drop one cheese stick in to the pot, cook for 30-45 seconds then flip and let it cook on it's other side. Adjust the oil temperature if you need and then cook all of your cheese sticks, a few at time. Serve immediately with marinara sauce, seek a couple for yourself first. ;)