• March 12, 2020
Active Prep: 20 min. Inactive Prep: 3 hrs.
Difficulty: Easy 
Yield: 12 sticks

I realized that I had never assembled a hack of the great mozzarella sticks from America’s largest casual restaurant chain when I was working up a lower-fat version of this recipe for The Dr. Oz Show (you can get that recipe at TopSecretRecipes.com). Mission finally accomplished. Now you can make your own delicious and easy culinary carbon copy of Applebee’s popular finger-food appetizer that the Huf ington Post claims is one of the best in the biz.


½ cup plain bread crumbs (such as Progresso brand)
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
 ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning herb blend
¼ teaspoon plus
⅛ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup whole milk
½ cup all-purpose flour
12 1-ounce mozzarella cheese sticks
6 to 12 cups vegetable oil

½ cup marinara sauce

How to prepare

  1. Combine the bread crumbs with the Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Combine the beaten eggs with the milk in another medium bowl. Pour the flour onto a plate. 
  2. Working one at a time, dip a cheese stick into the egg/milk mixture, then coat it with flour. Let it sit in the flour for a bit so that the flour sticks. Dip the floured cheese stick back into the egg/milk mixture, then coat it with the seasoned bread crumbs.  Arrange the breaded cheese sticks on a wax paper–lined baking sheet and place them in your freezer for 3 hours. 
  3. Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan with a thermometer attached to 350 degrees F.
  4. Fry the frozen cheese sticks 3 or 4 at a time in the hot oil for 1½ to 2 minutes or until they are light brown and you see cheese beginning to ooze out. Drain on a rack or paper towel–lined plate. Serve the mozzarella sticks with warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

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