Gluten-Free Mozzarella Sticks

I recently had the urge to eat something I had not had in years – mozzarella sticks.  Mozzarella sticks were one of my favorite comfort foods before I was gluten intolerant, and their absence left an unexplainable void in my weekly diet.  I had looked up many recipes for gluten-free mozzarella sticks a couple years ago and remembered it looked simple enough, so I decided to make my own.

Here are the ingredients you are going to need:

2 Eggs

8 String cheese sticks, or mozzarella cut into sticks

2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour

2 cups gluten-free breadcrumbs

Oregano and Basil

Vegetable (or Saffron) Oil

1. First, you are going to use 3 medium-size bowls to make 3 different mixtures.  The first bowl is going to be the egg wash, so whisk your 2 eggs and combine with 2 tablespoons of water.  The second bowl is going to be for flour, so combine the 2 cups of gluten-free flour with your oregano and basil.  Use the third bowl for the breadcrumbs – 2 cups of them combined with oregano and basil as well.

2.  This is a spot in the cooking process that many people have trouble.  The first time I made the mozzarella sticks my cheese oozed out everywhere during the cooking.  To combat this problem, I did a little experimenting and came up with something that worked.  Take your cheese sticks and cover them in the egg wash, then the flour, then egg, and then flour again.  Finally, dip them in the egg wash one more time, and cover them thoroughly in breadcrumbs.  This may seem like A LOT of dipping, but it ensures that your cheese will not escape.

3.  Place the sticks on your pan, and put them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.  This lets the mixture settle.

4.  Heat 1/4 cup of oil in your (deep) pan on medium high heat.  Turn it down to medium, and put your sticks in.  Cook for about 1.5 to 2 minutes, then flip them over and cook for about 1.5 to 2 more minutes.

5.  Remove the sticks from the pan and place them on some paper towels to soak in the excess oil.

6.  Eat and enjoy!

As I mentioned above, the first time I tried making gluten-free mozzarella sticks was quite the failure, with the cheese oozing out everywhere.  I learned my lesson though, and made sure to thoroughly coat the string cheese with flour and breadcrumbs.  The second time they came out perfectly, and I couldn’t even tell what I was eating was gluten-free.  They tasted better than the cheese sticks from Arby’s I used to get way too often back in college.  Hope you enjoy!

Author:  Brian from This Gluten-Free Life, a website with gluten-free recipes and news.

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