Mozzarella Dippers

For a delightful treat, learn how to make mozzarella sticks with this easy mozzarella sticks recipe by BBC Good Food! Enjoy homemade mozzarella sticks at home whether you're hosting friends or simply craving a light snack!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

Mozzarella Sticks:

  • 400g block mozzarella
  • 3 tbsp plain flour, heavily seasoned
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 100g panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • oil, for deep-frying

Dipping Sauce: 

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • dried chilli flakes, a good pinch
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 100g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (any kind)

Method

Step 1: First, cut the mozzarella into 2cm-wide finger slices and place on kitchen paper to one side for 10 minutes. 

Step 2: Nextm line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the eggs, flour and panko into three separate bowls. Tip the garlic salt and oregano into the breadcrumbs and mix. 

Step 3: Dip each mozzarella stick first in the flour, egg, then the breadcrumbs. Place them onto the prepared baking tray and place in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer into freezer bags. 

Step 4: To make the sauce, begin by heating the olive oil and butter in a pan, then cook the garlic and onion until they are soft. Add the tomatoes, paprika, chilli flakes and sugar and allow to simmer for 15 minutes until thickened. Use a stick blender to mix until they are smooth, then freeze. 

Step 5: To cook the mozzarella sticks, fill a pan ⅓ full of oil and heat to 180C. Fry the mozzarella sticks in batches from frozen for 4-5 minutes until golden brown and drain on kitchen paper. 

Serve warm with the dipping sauce! 


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