What could be a better snack than a plate of ooey, gooey mozzarella cheese sticks? It’s pretty much my favorite thing to eat at parties (or anytime, for that matter). You don’t have to go to the bar to enjoy cheese sticks because they are super easy to make at home. Put out a plate of them at your next soiree and you’ll be everyone’s new favorite host. There are several delicious ways to make cheese sticks. Try them all!
1. Copycat T.G.I. Friday’s Cheese Sticks
There’s something that food you don’t have to cook or clean up yourself that just makes it taste so much better. You can copy your favorite snack in your own kitchen with this easy recipe.
16 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 16 even strips
3 cups panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/3 cup flour
Marinara sauce, for dipping
Place the flour on one plate, the eggs (whipped) on another plate and the bread crumbs mixed with the herbs on a third plate. Roll each cheese strip in the flour, then the eggs, then the bread crumbs. Lay each on a baking sheet. Freeze the cheese sticks for about 4 hours. Fry them in canola oil and serve with marinara sauce.
2. Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
If you didn’t think that cheese sticks could get any better, you haven’t tried them wrapped in prosciutto. This recipe is quickly going to become your new favorite appetizer.
16 string cheese sticks
16 slices prosciutto
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon Emeril’s Essence seasoning
2 beaten eggs
¼ cup milk
1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon dried parsley
Spicy marinara, for dipping
Combine the flour and the seasoning on one plate. Combine the eggs and milk in a small bowl. Place the bread crumbs and parsley flakes on another plate. Wrap each cheese stick with one slice of prosciutto. Dip each in the flour, then the eggs, then the breadcrumbs. Freeze for 30 minutes, then fry in hot canola oil until golden brown. Serve with spicy marinara.
3. Two Ingredient Cheese Sticks
What could be better than a delicious recipe that only has a couple of ingredients and super easy to make? This recipe delivers in both regards. Perfect!
12 string cheese sticks
12 wonton wrappers
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each cheese stick in a wonton wrapper, making sure each is entirely rolled up. Spritz the sticks with cooking spray. Bake the cheese sticks for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn the sticks and spray the other side of the sticks with cooking spray. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.
4. Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Mozzarella Sticks
Take your cheese sticks to the next level by combining them with pineapple and bacon. After all, everything is better with bacon, right?
24 slices bacon
8 canned pineapple rings
8 string cheese sticks
1/3-inch thick rings of onion
1 pinch BBQ rub
4 tablespoons BBQ sauce
Place an onion ring on each pineapple slice. Cut the cheese sticks in half and place each half side by side inside the onion. Use two or three slices of bacon to wrap each pineapple slice completely. Sprinkle each with rub seasoning. Grill over indirect heat at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Serve with BBQ sauce for dipping.
5. Buffalo Cheese Sticks
Do you love the flavor of a basket filled with hot wings? Me too! That flavor is easy to incorporate into other snacks so you can enjoy it without the messiness of wings. This recipe will definitely be your new favorite.
1 package mozzarella cheese sticks
3 cups bread crumbs
2 cups flour
2 cups buffalo hot sauce
Blue cheese dressing, for dipping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll the cheese sticks in flour, then the buffalo sauce, then the bread crumbs. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, allowing the sticks to cool before serving. Dip in blue cheese when eating the sticks.
6. Waffle Cheese Sticks
Frying cheese sticks makes a fair amount of mess because of the popping grease. You can eliminate that problem by making your cheese sticks in the waffle iron. Cool, huh?
3 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon paprika
½ pound mozzarella, cut into ½-inch thick slices
2 beaten eggs
½ cup bread crumbs
Preheat your waffle iron to medium. Mix the flour and paprika on a small plate. Put the eggs in a bowl and spread the breadcrumbs on another plate. Coat each piece of cheese in flour, then eggs, then breadcrumbs. Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray and fill it with as many cheese sticks as will fit. Close the waffle iron and cook for 1 minute. Repeat with remaining cheese sticks. Serve with salsa.
7. French Onion Cheese Sticks
If you ask me, the best part of a bowl of French onion soup is the lump of gooey cheese floating on top. Recreate that flavor with this outstanding cheese stick recipe. Everyone will love this, so make lots.
6 slices bread
6 slices Swiss cheese, cut in half
6 slices Provolone cheese, cut in half
½ stick unsalted butter
1 teaspoon oil
2 sliced onions
1 can beef broth
2 tablespoons white wine
¼ teaspoon thyme
Salt and pepper
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter with the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they are browned slightly and soft. Add the beef broth, wine, thyme and salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the onions, reserving the broth. Remove the crusts from the bread and roll each slice flat with a rolling pin. Place two halves of Swiss and two halves of Provolone on each slice of bread. Top the cheese with a tablespoon of the onions. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet and cook the sticks until they are golden brown on both sides. Serve the sticks with the reserved broth of dipping.
Do you love cheese sticks? Which of these recipes do you want to try right now?