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Fried Italian mozzarella sticks with fresh marinara sauce by Giada de Laurentiis.
Prep Time: 165 min(s)
Cook Time: 90 min(s)
Recipe Type: Public
Posted By: Kaysue4
Posted On: Feb 26, 2017
Number of Servings:
- 1 1/2 cups - Italian style dried bread crumbs
- 1 1/3 cups - freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 teaspoons - salt
- 2 blocks - 16 oz. pasteurized mozzarella cheese cut into 4-inch by 1/2-inch sticks
- 4 - large eggs beaten to blend
- 1 1/2 cups - vegetable oil
- 1/2 cups - extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 - small onions finely chopped
- 2 cloves - garlic finely chopped
- 2 stalks - celery finely chopped
- 2 - carrots peeled, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoons - sea salt plus more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoons - freshly ground black pepper plus more to taste
- 2 cans - 32 oz. crushed tomatoes
- 2 - dried bay leaves
FOR CHEESE STICKS:
Stir the bread crumbs, 1 cup of Parmesan and 1 teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl to blend. Dip the cheese sticks in the eggs to coat completely and allow excess egg to drip back into the bowl.
Coat the cheese in the bread crumb mixture, patting to adhere and coat completely. Place the cheese sticks on a baking sheet.
Repeat dipping cheese sticks in egg and bread crumb mixture to coat a second time. Cover and freeze until frozen, about 2 hours (and up to 2 days).
(Meantime prepare marinara sauce below)
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Working in batches, fry the cheese until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Transfer fried cheese to plates; sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve with marinara sauce.
In a large casserole pot, heat oil over a medium-high flame. Add onions and garlic and saute until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the celery, carrots and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Saute until all vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and bay leaves, and simmer uncovered over low heat until sauce thickens, about 1 hour. Remove and discard bay leaf. Season sauce with more salt and pepper, to taste.
The sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat before using.