Fried Provolone or Mozzarella Sticks

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Fried Provolone is my favorite Italian appetizer of all time.

These cheese sticks are delicious before dinner snack, party food and one of the requests for me too make during gameday gatherings.

Everyone raves about using this cheese and being so tasty with provolone instead of mozzarella.

You may be more familiar with fried cheese sticks being made with mozzarella only?

Well, I am here to tell you both are fabulous, and it's a hard decision to choose which is better since we are talking about crunchy melted fried cheese right?!

I happened to be introduced to the provolone version long-ago at a favorite restaurant in Utica NY.

Back in the 1980s, there was a little place in Charlestown Mall that had a restaurant that had them on their menu.

When I saw them I was a little skeptical since they were always made with mozzarella, at least that's what I thought back then.

The soft provolone melty cheese was superb and better than anything I ever had, I decided to venture out and make a copycat of them and the first bite gave me a flood of wonderful memories because this was perfect as I remembered them!

The marinara is freshly made and I also use my recipe for fried cauliflower, fried zucchini and of course another family favorite, panzarotti.

Scroll down and follow my easy copycat printable recipe for Fried Provolone Cheese Sticks.









A Whole Meal By Themselves



Like I said before, they are addicting and filling.


Appetizers for me, are a whole dinner in itself, I can just make these with fresh marinara, rip off a chunk of Italian bread and I'm good to go!


These are the perfect replica, you will just have to try them to believe me.


Of course, you can stick to using mozzarella or any other cheeses that melt easily, however, I am pretty sure you will be hooked on these delicious provolone sticks like I was!




These are deep fried provolone sticks and how to make them from scratch along with marinara sauce in the back to dip them in. they are sitting on a crystal see through plate


Fried Cheeses


Deep-fried cheese has been said to originate in Paris, France in the 15th century.

However, recipes for breaded cheese sticks can be traced back to 1393.

The original recipe called for the use of Muenster cheese instead of Mozzarella, but the rest, as they say, is history.

Whatever cheese you decide to try, you won't be sorry, this recipe is spot on the best ever!!




this is a pan of homemade marinara sauce




My Hometown Style



Back in the late 1980s, my first fried cheese was soft sharp provolone.


I will never forget the first bite dipped into that fragrant fresh-tasting marinara sauce  (shown above) at the Charlestown Mall in Utica, N.Y. with all the gooey melted provolone cheese, it was epic.


Back then I saw only fried mozzarella sticks on the menus around town, but when I tried provolone deep-fried, that was it, love at first bite!

This became a copycat recipe of what is now a long-gone establishment of the best memories I had eating fried provolone.








Setting up a Dipping Station



This is easy, the station consists of 3 bowls or you can shake them in plastic bags.


You will need one for the flour, the bread crumbs and a pie plate for eggs.


Easy assembly line with the directions to make things easier and in order.









Buying the Cheese



I usually just go straight to the deli and have them slice off a big chunk.


That makes it easier to have a square to make the sticks of cheese with.


Actually, you can make any shape you prefer, but I like to make these a flatter stick shape.







Japanese panko bread crumbs in a bowl








Ingredients You Will Need for Fried Provolone or Mozzarella Sticks


  • sharp soft provolone, fresh mozzarella or other soft cheese in block form
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • flour
  • eggs 
  • Italian middles of the bread cut up in pieces
  • Japanese style panko bread crumbs
  • Parmesan/ Romano blended grated cheese
  • minced cloves of garlic
  • granulated garlic powder
  • fresh parsley chopped
  • dried oregano
  •  salt
  • black pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Marinara sauce for dipping




This is sticks of cheese cut up on a white cutting board. The block of sharp provolone cheese is being cut with a sharp Wilkinson knife



Tools You Will Need


  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Deep bowls or plastic bags
  • Pie plate
  • Frying pan or deep fryer
  • Tongs or fork
  • Paper towels
  • Parchment paper or wax paper







these are eggs beaten with a wire whip in a corning wear dish





Tips


  • Freezing these on parchment paper for 1 hour helps keep the coating on
  • Make sure the oil is hot enough and sizzles before adding the cheese sticks test with a piece of bread
  • Turn them only once and make sure the bottom is brown first before flipping them
  • Do not overcook cheese or they will burst open
  • If you would like to bake them or air fry them spray each one with cooking oil first
  • Place each dipped stick on wax paper until all of them are coated and ready to fry





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Fried Provolone or Mozzarella Sticks

Yield: 12
Author:
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 1 Mtotal time: 21 M
Italian deep-fried cheese is one of the most delicious appetizers on the planet. Then dipped into a homemade marinara sauce, these fried cheese sticks are totally addicting.

ingredients:

  • 1 lb block of sharp soft provolone fresh mozzarella or other soft cheese you like
  • into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch then sliced into flat style sticks as shown
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs whisk together 
  • 3 pieces Italian middles of the bread cut up in pieces
  • 1 cup Japanese style panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan/ Romano blended grated cheese
  •  extra cheese, grated for garnishing
  • 2 finely minced cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

instructions:

How to cook Fried Provolone or Mozzarella Sticks

  1. Heat a deep fry pan or use a deep fryer to medium heat.
  2. Place the bread, breadcrumbs, Parmesan blended cheese, garlic fresh and granulated, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper in a bowl of a food processor.
  3. Pulse leaving a little coarse crumbs.
  4. Place three medium-sized bowls filled with the flour, one with eggs and the last with the bread crumbs from the food processor bowl or you can shake them in a large baggie after dipping in egg.
  5. Roll the sticks of provolone or mozzarella into flour, then egg and lastly into the bread crumb mixture.
  6. I like to repeat the egg and breadcrumbs twice to be a thicker bread coating, this is optional.
  7. Place the cheese on parchment paper as you make them or wax paper.
  8. Using tongs or a fork, add the cheese into preheated oil not touching or crowded.
  9. Fry until brown on one side, (the bottom edges looks browned) and turn them gently.
  10. It takes around 3 minutes to cook them.
  11. Drain on paper towel.
  12. Place on a plate served with marinara and sprinkled with grated cheese.
Calories
189
Fat (grams)
22
Sat. Fat (grams)
12
Carbs (grams)
23
Net carbs
11
Sugar (grams)
8
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These are deep fried provolone sticks and how to make them from scratch along with marinara sauce in the back to dip them in. they are sitting on a crystal see through plate

1 comment

  1. I LOVE LOVE cheese sticks! These look so yummy, Claudia. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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