Oh my goodness these are soooo good. They make me do a happy dance!
I keep a small cast iron skillet around just to make these because they don't require much oil to fry them. They are so tiny that they take up only a little space in the pan and a few seconds to cook.
Fried Mozzarella Nuggets
8 ounces string cheese sticks, room temperature
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Vegetable Oil for deep frying
Bottled chunky marinara sauce, for dipping
Cut cheese sticks into thirds. Place flour on a plate and season it with salt and pepper. Put the egg in a small bowl. Place bread crumbs on a plate.
Add cheese pieces to flour and toss to coat. Dip in egg, and then roll in bread crumbs. Arrange breaded cheese in a single layer on a tray or baking sheet. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes. Pour oil into large skillet to a depth of 1-inch, and heat over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, carefully drop cheese pieces in, a few at a time, and fry until golden, about 30 seconds. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve with your favorite chunky marinara sauce for dipping.
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