Mozzarella Sticks with Raspberry Sauce: An Albany NY Favorite
Albany New York is known for many things. This is the region that brings you Kegs & Eggs every St. Patrick’s Day. Along with Green beer and eggs for breakfast, Albany is also known for dipping mozzarella sticks in a raspberry sauce. Most places you go will have a choice of the classic marinara sauce or the adored raspberry. The first time I had it, I didn’t know it was a “thing.” I just thought that the place we were eating at was a little quirky. Eventually I realized, with the help of this cute map of New York State based on food, that this was a regional thing. (By the way, in case you are curious: According to that map I live in-between Brooklyn egg creams and the Culinary Institute of America!)
The beauty of raspberry sauce is that all you really have to do is buy a jar of raspberry preserves and microwave it for about 30 seconds. Almost instant gratification, hooray for that!
Frying things is slightly terrifying. This was my first time working with hot oil so closely. I’m not going to lie, I was scared. I stood as far away from the stove as I could and I used long tongs that I think are from our old grill. Fried cheese is delicious and it is sort of satisfying to have braved the heat and burning hot oil. Afterwards, you feel like you need a shower. I could never work a grill and a fryer at a greasy spoon diner!
Frying your own mozzarella couldn’t be simpler. Crack an egg, coat the cheese, and rub in some bread crumbs and then fry! Okay, it’s slightly more complex. But don’t worry, only slightly! I found out the hard way that once you get your oil massively hot you really should turn it down a bit. My cheese started to melt instead of fry and that is why in this picture you only see 4.
In the beginning, I was on a roll. I even made up a “frying cheese” dance. I kid you not. You have to make sure you are wearing really long lounge pants that can cover your feet so you can slide easy on wood floor. Its okay, I’ll teach you someday.
My 5th, 6th and 7th mozzarella sticks melted. I rushed them out of the oil and onto my plate where they then became mozzarella monsters. I wish I could show you them but I ate them anyway and didn’t take any pictures out of sheer embarrassment.
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Yield: 20 sticks
Prep Time: 30
Cook Time: 10
Total Time: 2 hrs and 40 minutes
2 eggs, beaten
1 block of mozzarella cheese, cut into strips
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
2 Tbsp raspberry preserves
Begin by beating your eggs with a whisk and set aside.
Cut the mozzarella cheese into 1 inch thick chunks. Continue to cut cheese chunks in half and you should end up with about 20 strips.
Combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and spread the mixture on a flat plate.
Carefully dip each cheese strip in the beaten eggs and gently roll in the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese plate. Repeat this step to coat the cheese twice in eggs and the breadcrumb mixture.
Freeze the finished sticks for 2 hours before frying (You can keep these frozen for at least 2 weeks if wrapped tightly in a plastic bag.)
When you are ready to fry, place the vegetable oil in a large frying pan and heat on medium-high.
Once the oil is hot, place 4-5 cheese sticks in the frying pan with tongs. Fry for about 50 - 60 seconds on each side and transfer to a napkin-layered plate to drain the oil. Continue this method with the remaining 15 sticks.
For the raspberry sauce: Simply melt 2 tablespoons of raspberry preserves in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Note: After the first 5 or so sticks you may need to turn your heat to medium-low for the rest of the frying.