6 Fried Foods to Make for Your March Madness Party

2. Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

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Cheese, please. Mozzarella sticks are next, and it’ll be hard to keep hands off these deep-fried breaded pieces of cheese. Mozzarella is hard to resist on its own, and when you double bread the good stuff, deep fry the cheese, and serve it with homemade marinara, all bets are off. Instead of overpaying for mozzarella sticks at your favorite neighborhood pub, master the snack at home with this formula from Saveur.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound block mozzarella cheese, cut into 3-inch by 12-inch sticks
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chile flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil, for frying

Directions: Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in separate shallow dishes. Working with 1 piece of mozzarella at a time, dredge in flour, dip in eggs, and coat in breadcrumbs; repeat this process one more time. Lay on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat olive oil and butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high; add garlic and onion and cook until soft, about 6 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook 2 minutes more, then add tomatoes, sugar, chile flakes, salt, and pepper; cook until thick, 15-18 minutes. Keep marinara sauce warm.
Heat 2 canola oil in a 6-quart saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350 degrees; working in batches, fry mozzarella until golden and crisp, about 1½ minutes. Transfer mozzarella sticks to paper towels to drain; serve hot and with marinara sauce.

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