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Fried Cheese Sticks With Tomato Sauce

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“Great appetizer for any party. Your guests will love these tasty cheese sticks.”
READY IN:
1hr
YIELD:
40 cheese sticks
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 12 cup mushroom, finely chopped
  • 12 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 12 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumb
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 12 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 lb cheese, well chilled (Cheese suggestions, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Muenster, cheddar, fontina, Gouda, Edam, Havar)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • cooking oil (for deep-fat frying)

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, mushrooms, oregano and basil.
  3. Bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Cover and keep warm while frying cheese.
  6. Combine bread crumbs, wheat germ and red pepper in a small bowl.
  7. Cut cheese into 2x1/2x1/2-inch sticks or 1 inch cubes.
  8. Dip each piece of cheese in eggs, then into the flour and then the crumbs to coat well; repeat one more time to ensure even coating.
  9. Heat 1 1/2 inches of oil to 375 degrees.
  10. Fry a few cheese pieces at a time for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until golden on all sides. (do not overcook or you will have a melted mess).
  11. Drain well on paper towels.
  12. Serve warm with tomato sauce.

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