Big Game Mozza Sticks
Alright, we’re going to start with a confession: this recipe can be improved. I know, I know, not a great lead. Honesty matters, people. We’ve gotta be honest: there are better ways of making big game mozza sticks, and we’re going to offer some suggestions throughout this piece.
Does this mean these mozza sticks are bad? By no means. Go toss some breading on mozzarella and get it all melty. Even if you do a lousy job, it’s going to be delicious.
- Mozzarella (500 grams)
- Bread crumbs
- Cornstarch or flour
- Salt and Pepper
- Pizza Sauce and Parmesan (optional, but recommended)
Step 1: Cut the Cheese
The first step in this process is getting your cheese cut into appropriately sized chunks. We cut ours into portions that are slightly bigger than french fries. Having a good knife really helps.1
Mistake Count: 0.
Step 2: Prepare the Breading Station
It’s time to bread your mozza. To do so, you’ll want a three-part breading station (see photo below). You’re going to coat your mozza in corn starch or flour, drop into the egg wash, then into the bread crumbs. Each contributes to the crunchy outside layer. Readers who are desirous of that beautiful, extra crispy crust can do a double portion of bread crumb. Simply re-insert the mozza stick back into the egg wash and re-cover with crumbs.
If you’re stupid (like us), you’ll decide that it’s OK to simply use a grater to work some bread down into crumbs. Don’t do this.
One good thing we did: added some salt and freshly ground pepper2 to the egg wash.
Mistake Count: 1
Step 3: Cook the Sticks
Here was our biggest mistake. Without very much oil, we opted for baking our mozza sticks. We thought that using a silpat would help, and it did.3 We were able to get some decent crispiness. They were in the oven at 350F for around ten minutes per side.
However, we really weren’t able to recreate the magic of deep frying. Do yourself a favor a cook mozza sticks the right way: deep fried. Our only note about this method is to use an abundance of caution so you don’t hurt yourself and/or burn down your house. Those are outcomes that ought to be avoided when cooking. Once you get your sticks to a deep golden brown, fish them out with a spider or tongs (not your hands, that would be bad).4
The only other thing we did was heat up some pizza sauce so we could dip our sticks. We tossed some Parmesan into the sauce while it was heating to up the cheese factor. It was one of the only things we did right. Would recommend.
Overall Mistake Count: 2
Avoid our mistakes and enjoy your food. If you’re looking for some other recipe ideas, take a look at our Gameday Goods archive.
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1) This is a knife we really like. This is a knife sharpener we really like.
2) Fresh ground pepper is a good way to go.
3) If crispy food is something you value, having a silpat is a good investment.
4) A kitchen spider and/or tongs can be very helpful, especially when it comes to getting food out of super hot oil.