Have I mentioned how much we love appetizers in my family?? 😉
This next recipe is one my sister, Kellyn, tried out. For years she’s always been the one to make homemade Mozzarella Sticks (stay tuned for that recipe next week), but she wanted to change things up and decided to make some Mozzarella Bites instead. Sticks? Bites? We weren’t complaining. We’re a family that loves cheese, so we knew they would be a hit!
And they were! Best of all they were super easy to make. My sister made them just like we make our Fried Zucchini, but they can also be baked. You can use Marinated Mozzarella Balls or Mozzarella Pearls for the cheese. We used the latter since that is all we could find. They were small, but they turned out great!
- 1 package string cheese
- 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. Parsley
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 cup Flour
- Marinara Sauce (homemade or store bought)
- Oil for frying
- Cut string cheese into 1" pieces
- Prepare coating process by pouring milk in a bowl and setting aside. Put 1 cup flour in a plastic bag and in another bag add 1 cup panko, mixed with seasonings.
- Place cheese in milk, one handful at a time.
- Toss into your flour bag and shake well.
- Put cheese back into your milk bowl and coat completely.
- Toss in panko bag and shake until evenly coated.
- Place mozzarella bites on a plate or in a bag and freeze for at least 2 hours.
- Heat up oil on medium heat. Fry in hot oil until golden brown. Be sure to take them out of the oil before they get too hot or cheese will ooze out of breading.
- Serve warm with marinara sauce. ENJOY!
We, of course, served these with Marinara Sauce (our favorite mozzarella sticks dipping sauce) that we found from the store. The only problem we had with these Mozzarella Bites were that they were so perfectly “bite-size” that it was too easy to eat 20! LOL!
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