Hey there, fellow kitchen enthusiasts! Today, I’m bringing you a recipe that’s not just about food—it’s about creating a culinary masterpiece in your own home. Picture this: gooey mozzarella, a crispy coating, and an air fryer working its magic. Yes, we’re diving into the world of Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks, a treat that’ll have your taste buds doing the happy dance!
The Backstory of a Cheesy Adventure
As a proud housewife, my kitchen is my kingdom, and experimenting with new recipes is my favorite adventure. One day, the craving for a classic snack hit me, and I decided to embark on a cheesy escapade—making the perfect Mozzarella Sticks. With a bag of mozzarella string cheese, a few kitchen essentials, and a touch of culinary curiosity, I set out to conquer the art of air frying.
Now, let’s talk about the coating process. It’s like dressing up your mozzarella sticks for the grandest party in town. The eggs provide the adhesive magic, while the flour, seasoned bread crumbs, and Panko bread crumbs form a trio that adds flavor and crunch. It’s a dance of textures that turns a simple cheese stick into a symphony of taste.
The Freezing Magic
Ever heard the phrase “good things come to those who wait”? Well, that’s the secret to achieving that perfect crunch. After the coating, let your mozzarella sticks chill out in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. It’s like sending them to a spa—preparing them for the hot and sizzling adventure that awaits in the air fryer.
Enter the Air Fryer
The air fryer, my kitchen’s unsung hero, takes center stage. Preheated to a toasty 390°F, it transforms the mozzarella sticks into golden-brown perfection. A quick spritz of cooking spray ensures they come out of their crispy cocoon looking like snack royalty.
Serving and Savoring
As the air fryer works its magic, the aroma of melting cheese and crispy goodness fills the kitchen. A symphony of sizzling sounds announces that it’s showtime. Once those mozzarella sticks emerge, golden and irresistible, it’s time to serve immediately. Trust me; waiting is not an option!
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks Recipe
Dive into the crunchy world of homemade delight with these Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks—golden, crispy, and oozing with cheesy goodness.
- 8 mozzarella string cheese
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
- ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅓ cup flour
- salt & pepper to taste
- Cut mozzarella sticks in half.
- Whisk eggs with 1 tablespoon water. In a separate bowl combine bread crumbs, Panko bread crumbs, vegetable oil, and garlic powder. Place flour in a 3rd bowl and season with salt & pepper.
- Dip each mozzarella stick into the eggs and then into the flour mixture. Dip back into the eggs and finally into the bread crumb mixture.
- Place on a baking sheet and freeze at least 30 minutes (or up to 6 months).
- Preheat air fryer to 390°F.
- Generously spray mozzarella sticks with oil or cooking spray. Place in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 5-7 minutes or until crisp.
- Serve immediately.
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