Mozzarella Sticks and Marinara Sauce


Mozzarella sticks are something that my wife and I love to eat together. It is something of a staple of our relationship, yet also something that we do not eat particularly often. Why? Because store-bought sticks really aren't that great! So after a super eventful and rather hectic few days, it seemed only right that I try to make some (and this recipe is super basic, so I will try to keep this as short as possible).


Ingredients:

3 Mozzarella Balls

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 large eggs

3 tbsp whole milk

2 cups breadcrumbs

2 tsp asafoetida powder

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt / pepper


1/2 can diced tomatoes

1 medium onion, diced

1 garlic clove, diced

1 tsp salt / pepper

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tbsp red wine

1 1/2 tsp brown sugar


Method:

  1. Cut mozzarella into strips of 1/2" pieces. Place flour in a shallow dish or bowl. In a separate shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk. And in a third shallow dish, mix together bread crumbs, asafoetida powder, oregano, salt and pepper.

  2. Working with a single piece of mozzarella, roll it in the flour, shaking off any excess, dip into egg mixture, then coat in breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere. Repeat steps for a second coating. Place mozzarella stick on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat the process for the remaining mozzarella sticks. Once completed, cover and transfer wire rack to freezer for at least 1 hour.

  3. On a tray lined with baking paper, bake mozzarella sticks for 12 to 15 minutes, flipping over halfway. When cooked all the way through, they should be done.

For the Marinara:

  1. 15 minutes before removing the mozzarella sticks from the freezer, begin preparing the marinara. Preheat the oven at 200C.

  2. Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add 1 tsp butter. When melted and bubbling, cook the onion and garlic until starting to brown.

  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes. Once bubbling, add the wine and stir to combine. When the sauce starts to bubble again, turn the heat down to a simmer. Add sugar and oregano, stirring to combine.* Add salt and pepper to taste. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes, then serve as a dip for mozzarella sticks.

*Remember to taste the marinara after adding oregano, and make the necessary adjustments should they be required. If you want more tomato taste, try adding a spoonful of tomato paste to give it that extra flavour.

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