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Cheez-It® Crusted Mozzarella Sticks

Cheese pull time! Savor the gooey goodness of mozzarella sticks coated in a crispy Cheez-It® crust, baked until perfectly melted and golden, and served with marinara dipping sauce.

Serves 16
Ready in 40 mins
Prep time 25 mins
Cooking time 15 mins
67 calories per serving


> 2 cups Cheez-It® Baked Snack Crackers
> 8 mozzarella string cheese
> 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
> 1 tsp garlic powder
> 1 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
> Freshly ground black pepper
> 2 large eggs
> Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
> Marinara sauce, for serving


In the bowl of a food processor, pulse Cheez-It® Crackers until they are finely ground, 20-30 pulses.
Mix flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, whisk eggs. In a third shallow bowl, add pulsed crackers.
One stick at a time, dredge through flour mixture, tapping off any excess, then dredge through eggs, then finally toss in Cheez-It® crumbs, ensuring the stick is completely enclosed. Transfer to a sheet pan or plate.
Heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven to 350F. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, gently lower sticks into hot oil using a spider. Let cook until Cheez-It® crumbs are lightly golden brown, 2 minutes. Remove with a spider and transfer to a paper-towel-lined sheet.


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