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Cheese Sticks
  • 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
  • Marinara Sauce
  • 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
  • Directions:


    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.

    Brief Description

    Fried Italian mozzarella sticks with fresh marinara sauce by Giada de Laurentiis.

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    Category:  Appetizers

    Cuisine:  Italian

    Prep Time: 2 hour(s) 45 min
    Cook Time: 1 hour(s) 30 min


    Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis

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    Posted On:

    February 26, 2017

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