Saturday, June 11, 2011

Life After Pizza

Following up on our post about making Mozzarella, I have to make note that we cannot have pizza everyday. It just wouldn’t be right. So, aside from using as a topping on Italian dishes, we need another outlet for our Mozzarella madness.

The first step of this process, is to send your Guard Chicken back outside to keep watch at the door for any intruders.

If you don’t have a Guard Chicken, then just proceed with step 2.

Cut the mozzarella you made up into sticks, like so.

Make some seasoned bread crumbs. . Just take some stale bread or lightly toast some, whirl in the Food Processor and add some seasonings. I like to add a lot of parmesan cheese to the crumbs also. 
I use metal pie tins for this, and always have 3 around. I have no idea where they came from, but they are sure handy for stuff like this.
In a second tin, mix some flour with a little bit of cornstarch, and in the third, beat up a couple of eggs and add a little water.

Place a sheet pan near to set your sticks on, once breaded.

Roll sticks in the flour mix, then the egg mix, then in the crumbs. I pat the crumbs on pretty well. Place on sheet pan and put in the freezer. These keep well and go straight from the freezer to the stove. Even if you are going to make them tonite, freeze them first so the cheese doesn’t melt out of your coating and make a big gloppy mess. I freeze them for a few hours then put them in a ziplock bag, marked with the date.

When you decide to fix some up its easy to grab however many you want.

Heat some oil until it sizzles and add a few sticks at a time. It doesn’t take very long for them to brown, then set them on a plate. Cook the rest. The cheese will continue to melt a bit after you take them out.
You can now blow on them a little, then burn your tongue anyway, because they are really good and you know you can’t wait. If  you weren't in such a big hurry, you could take a picture of them, but you have no self control.
Dip them in a little homemade marinara or other sauce and once again, thank your goat or cow for providing you with such good stuff!


  1. Yummy!! Your blog makes me gain a pound every time I read it!

    I've made homemade cheese sticks before, but haven't been fortunate enough to do so with the aid of a guard chicken :-) Nor have I done it with homemade mozz. One of these days I'll get my kitchen together so I can make my own cheeses :-)

    Thanks for sharing, love your blog!

  2. I have to tell ya, I haven't had a single traveling salesman since we got the Guard chicken...course, we didn't have any before that either...