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Keto Mozzarella Sticks

Ingredients:

  • 8 string cheese sticks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Avocado oil or coconut oil, for frying

Preparation:

  1. Freeze the Cheese: Begin by placing the string cheese sticks in the freezer for at least an hour. This is crucial for maintaining their shape during the frying process.
  2. Prepare the Coating: In a shallow bowl, beat the egg. In another bowl, mix together almond flour, grated Parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt.
  3. Coat the Cheese: Once the cheese sticks are solid, dip them first in the egg mixture, then roll them in the almond flour mixture until well coated. For extra crunch, you can double dip by repeating the process.
  4. Freeze Again: Place the coated cheese sticks back in the freezer for another 30 minutes. This step ensures the coating sticks and the cheese doesn’t ooze out too quickly when fried.
  5. Fry to Perfection: Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry the mozzarella sticks until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Work in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
  6. Serve Immediately: Enjoy these keto mozzarella sticks hot with a side of sugar-free marinara sauce for dipping.

Cook Notes:

  • Freezing is a non-negotiable step in this recipe. It’s the secret to achieving the perfect melt without losing the cheese to the oil.
  • Almond flour and Parmesan create a flavorful, crispy coating that’s low in carbs but high in taste. Feel free to adjust the seasoning to suit your palate.
  • Use a thermometer to ensure the oil temperature is just right – too hot, and the outside will burn before the cheese melts; too cool, and the coating will absorb oil, becoming soggy.

Serving Suggestions:

These keto mozzarella sticks are perfect as a party appetizer, a side dish, or even a savory snack. Serve them with a bowl of sugar-free marinara sauce for dipping. For a complete keto feast, pair them with a fresh salad, zucchini noodles, or a cauliflower crust pizza.

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