There has been a lot of action in the Jois kitchen: crowded counter tops, dishes piled up in the sink and the aroma of freshly cooked food lingering around the household. Finally teen is often (very often) seen lurking in the kitchen trying out her culinary experiments. In three years she will be off to college and it goes without saying I will miss her a lot. I have tons of time to clean up then, now is the time to enjoy and make messes. My friends who know me well will be quite shocked to read this. I am not only embracing the mess around me but even enjoying the hustle and bustle that goes with a messy kitchen. Well, this post is really about finally teen, and not the mess in our kitchen. She has show her displeasure that I have not been speaking much about her on the blog. Even though she has now become an almost regular contributor to TnS.
Someone is really fond of cheese and when we are at the deli section, I see her spend a lot of time at the cheese bar. She picked up some fresh mozzarella, a few weeks ago, I had no idea about the plans and in a couple of days I saw her working with it. She made the mozzarella sticks and froze them for almost 2 days, then one weekend evening, when I had my feet up ready to watch some mindless telly, I was asked to take pictures - and it was now or never. So out came the camera, no thinking, no planning and I was given twenty minutes, 15 images later I came down to crumbs of half eaten mozzarella and a plate with hot mozzarella sticks and marinara for me. (awww moment).
Finally teen has not only been busy in the kitchen but she and her friends have developed an app (available on google play). It is an app that monitors your calories and includes social media to motivate you, pretty cool app, here is the link if you want to download Fittastick. Version 3.0 is currently in the works.
1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
12 Mozzarella Sticks
2 tbsp (less if u do not like it spicy)Mrs. Dash Chipotle Seasoning
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Chili Flakes
2 Lightly beaten eggs
5 tbsp flour
Preheat oven to 425
Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with cooking spray.
Freeze mozzarella sticks until hard (about 30 minutes).
Place flour in one bowl and egg in a second bowl
In a third bowl, add bread crumbs, spices ( from the list above)and salt and whisk to combine. Toss the cheese sticks in the flour to coat, then in the egg mixture, then in the crumb mixture. Repeat the process. Freeze sticks about 30 minutes. (This will keep the cheese from melting too fast while the coating gets crispy in the oven).
Place cheese sticks in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Spray thoroughly with cooking spray. Bake 5-8 minutes, then turn and cook another 5-8 minutes on other side until golden and crispy. Allow to cool slightly before serving with ranch or marinara dipping sauce.
You can freeze these for a few days, just make sure you thaw them a bit before you use it, you want that cheese to melt :)
Recipe adapted from here