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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cheese sticks

   I've been trying out appetizer and finger food recipes all month long. The "big game" is coming. One of the easiest recipes I've found was a neat way to make cheese sticks using egg roll wrappers. 
   The trick is to fry them. The recipe hinted at baking them, but gave NO instructions - winging it did not work. They needed a slather of butter, drizzle of oil or something, because the dusting of flour just had no where to go. I tried that way, too, with a spurt of buttered cooking spray. However the cheese oozed out and they were hollow and chewy. But if you fry them in oil for just a tad they are really good and very easy. A little marinara makes a nice dipping sauce.

Cheese sticks
Ingredients

12 pieces string cheese
12 egg roll wrappers
Oil for frying

Marinara or spaghetti sauce for dipping

Directions
   Place a piece of string cheese near the bottom corner of one egg roll wrapper (keep remaining wrappers covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use). Fold bottom corner over cheese. Roll up halfway; fold sides toward center over cheese. Moisten remaining corner with water; roll up tightly to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and cheese.


   Heat 1/2 inch of oil to 375°.  Fry cheese sticks 60-90 seconds until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan and salt. Serve with marinara sauce. Yield: 1 dozen.
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