Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chipotle Mozzarella Sticks (It’s baked!)

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.  

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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 

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It’s hard not to share few images from our recent trip to DC.

Simi Jois Photography
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  1. Wow super tempting!lovely pictures!

  2. Love the click !

  3. Wow that's great Simi that your daughter is interested in cooking just like you :) The Mozzarella sticks looks appealing!!

  4. Aah so sweet of her to.make a sweet mess in the kitchen in the name of cooking..i reminds me of my teenage memories
    Beautiful cheesy stuff out tempting oogy googy!

    I liked the girly business!


  5. These look amazing! Love the addition of chipotle!

  6. Those baked cheese sticks look mouthwatering! Gorgeous photos of DC...I love esp. the very last one. Amazing colours.

  7. Now that's my type of recipe with all cheese and good stuff :) Looks absolutely inviting. Stunning clicks as always

  8. They grow up so fast, enjoy every moment of it.I totally agree with you on 'cleaning up later'. The Mozza sticks are calling my name..

  9. wow! so cheesy and perfect for kids snack!

  10. Simi, amazing pics as usual..Love those cheesy sicks :)

  11. lovely mozarella sticks dear,perfectly done

  12. These look mouthwatering and I love that they are baked instead of fried... so much healthier! Looking forward to trying out the recipe! Pinned for now :) !

  13. Wow, I can't believe how good this is going to be! What a piece of cake this is to make too. I love it that's baked. I have a gathering to go to and I am providing some of the food. This is on my list.

  14. Your photos really make the gooey cheese and the textural contrast of the breadcrumbs look amazing.

  15. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  16. OMG! delectable !!! I opened foodgawker and checked your 120 recipes and i dont know how 30 minutes went on! :) Great work


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