You don't need to trek to your favorite trattoria to enjoy these – whip up a batch at home!
Step 1: Cut the block of mozzarella cheese Cut the block of mozzarella cheese into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide and 4 to 5 inches long.
Step 2: Heat the oil Heat 1 ½ cups olive oil in the skillet on medium to high heat.
TIP: Turn down the heat if the oil starts smoking.
Step 3: Prepare the batter In a small bowl, beat the milk and eggs together until combined. Pour the cornmeal mix onto a plate.
Step 4: Coat the mozzarella sticks with batter Dip each stick into the liquid mixture, then roll it in the cornmeal mix until it's completely covered. Repeat a second time.
Step 5: Fry the sticks Place the breaded sticks into the hot oil and brown for at least one to two minutes on each side until they turn a light brown color. Do not crowd the pan. When they are crispy, immediately transfer with tongs to paper towels and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
TIP: Store the mozzarella sticks on a baking sheet in a warm oven while you make the rest of the batch.
Step 6: Prepare your serving platter Arrange the fried mozzarella sticks on a large platter and serve with marinara sauce, ranch sauce, and honey mustard dressing. Dig in!
FACT: A medieval manuscript contains the first known recipe for fried cheese sticks.