Friday, December 23, 2011

Fried Mozzarella With Marinara

I admit I love Fried Cheese. To me it is better than any meatball you can get out there. Not great for a weightloss plan, I know. I never said I was a diet blog... Look, if my daughter already has to live without wheat, give the girl some comfort food! Although, this recipe is probably more for me than it is for her. I love love love fried cheese. I even like most of the chain restaurants mozzarella sticks. Another guilty pleasure of mine I guess. Pretty much all the fried cheese you get in the restaurants are full of gluten. No need. Mixing a little bit of crushed parmesan with some Kinnikinnick gluten free panko crumbs and salt, and you have a great gluten free substitute. This recipe is a great appetizer to serve during the holidays. 

You can see my Marinara Recipe Here.
Or use your own, or if you don't have the time, use your favorite canned Marinara.

For the fried mozzarella:
3-4 cups canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 lb. mozzarella Ciliengine
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1cup Kinnikinnick gluten free panko crumbs

Drain the cheese from its liquid. Place the cheese on a paper towel-
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
 Put the egg mixture and bread crumbs in separate wide, shallow bowls. Combine the panko with the teaspoon of salt and Parmesan in another wide, shallow bowl. 
Roll the cheese in the flour, dip into the egg mixture and coat with the bread crumbs, shaking off the excess after each step.
Repeat the breading process one more time for each cheese piece.
In a large, deep sauté pan over medium-high heat, pour the oil to a depth of 3 inches and heat to 375°F on a deep-frying thermometer.
Working in batches, fry the cheese until golden, about one minute or until golden brown
 Transfer the fried cheese to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt and pepper.
 Place the cheese on a wire rack set over a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while frying the remaining cheese.

Serve with the warm Marinara Sauce.
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  1. Hi, just signed into your GFC, it's nice to meet you. These cheese sticks look great, the kids really go for them, so do I. What gluten free flour did you use? Happy Holidays to you.

  2. Hi Suzi! Nice to meet you! You can use any gluten free flour. Even rice flour works fine. It is just used as a binder to help the egg attach to the cheese. For this particular recipe I used Better Batter.

  3. Mom, can I PLEASE have this for dinner?!

    Loving this friend cheese :)


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