The Shady Porch: Mozzarella Sticks the Easy Way


Mozzarella Sticks the Easy Way

When out to eat at a restaurant and looking at the appetizers, one that always lands on the want list is mozzarella sticks! We love the crunchy coating and the oozy cheese center that is perfected by the dip in the marinara sauce. We don't make them at home...that is until recently!

A plate of Mozzarella Sticks and marinara sauce for dipping
Mozzarella Sticks wrapped in egg roll wrappers
served with marinara sauce
I ran across a recipe on Pinterest...surprise, surprise!  What really caught my eye, besides the tantalizing picture, were the easy instructions! There was no three bowl dipping assembly line needed on this one! They're simply wrapped in egg roll wrappers! How easy is that?! Easy peasy, I say!

Mozzarella Sticks

Ingredients: 12 pieces string cheese
                          12 egg roll wrappers
                          Oil for frying
                          Marinara or spaghetti sauce for dipping

Directions: Place a piece of string cheese at the bottom corner of one egg roll wrapper and roll up halfway. Now tuck the sides of the wrapper in and continue tightly rolling, moisten the end corner with water to seal.
Repeat with remaining wrappers and cheese.
won ton wrappers and string cheese
Tucking and rolling the egg roll wrapper
[NOTE- you can easily half the cheese sticks and egg rolls wrappers to make smaller sticks and double your servings]
 In an electric skillet, heat the oil to 375 degrees. Of course, you can use any skillet you like just don't allow the oil to get smoking hot.

Fry sticks until golden brown (approx 30-60 seconds per side). Drain on paper towels and serve with marinara sauce, if desired.  Makes 1 dozen.
Frying Mozzarella Sticks wrapped in won ton warppers
Browning the egg roll wrapped mozzarella sticks
I will say that the cheese did not get stringy in the frying time we allowed. The sticks were nevertheless yummy. I would also suggest that you sprinkle a little Italian seasoning and/or Parmesan cheese on the cheese stick and wrapper just before rolling them up to add some of the flavor that's missing by not using the dipping method! We will make these again, because they taste great, and are quick and easy to prepare.   

About Baking the Mozzarella Sticks** - I did some research on the possibility of baking these...looking for ways to make things healthier...and found that several folks had tried it. It can be done BUT with problems. The egg roll did not brown well in the pictures I found and therefore, did not look appetizing. Apparently the amount of baking time that was needed caused the cheese to run out onto the cookie sheet too. Until the process of baking Mozzarella sticks wrapped in egg roll wrappers is perfected, I'll stick to frying them.

** Of course the day after I post this I find a lady that has had success baking her egg roll-won ton wrapped cheese sticks! Here is a link to the recipe and pictures of her baked version!