Have you ever wandered through the freezer aisle at the grocery store and thought, “Wow, I really fucking want mozzarella sticks” ? Of course you have. But like, you don’t want to go through the life-altering shame that comes with buying them.
Luckily, you CAN make that shit at home—without a deep fryer. THAT means you can enjoy all the culinary wonders of cheese coated in bread crumbs WITHOUT the extra guilt that comes with knowing it was cooked in a vat of hot, bubbling fat.
Got all your cheese good-naas? GOOD. Grab all your cheese sticks and chop them in half, then put them in the freezer. Yes, trust me.
Meanwhile, whisk the egg in a small bowl and set aside. Grab a small-ish plate and put the flour on there. Grab yet ANOTHER bowl and combine the seasoned breadcrumbs, panko, parmesan, Italian seasoning, and basil.
Alright, get that cheese outta the freezer. Dip each piece in the flour, shaking off the excess, then dip into the egg, then coat in the crumbs. Place on a tray lined with wax paper. Place the cheese back in the freezer for at least an hour OR ELSE THE CHEESE WILL MELT AND THE CRUMBS WON’T GET GOLDEN AND THIS WHOLE FUCKING RECIPE WILL BE FUCKING AWFUL.
While you wait, preheat the oven to 400F.
Ok, are they done freezing for round two? Good. Transfer the cheese sticks to a foil-lined baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Then, spray the sticks themselves with the oil spray. Yes, really. Bake in the bottom third of your oven for like 5 minutes—then turn once and bake another 5 minutes. Watch these bitches closely so that they don’t melt everywhere.
CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING ONE OF THE WORST APPETIZERS KNOWN TO MAN.