Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
Bread Crumbs ➡ Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs
All-Purpose Flour ➡ Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
Mozzarella sticks are one of my favorite appetizers of all time! Now look, I know these aren’t the prettiest you’ve ever seen. But they’re gluten-free, use organic mozzarella, and satisfy my cheese stick craving in a cleaner way, so I’m fine with it!
I prefer buying organic cheese that is in a block. When cheese is in a block, it doesn’t contain anti-clumping additives like shredded cheese does. Organic cheese is also produced without pesticides, growth hormones, and antibiotics.
1 8 oz block organic mozzarella cheese (I use @organicvalley)
1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I use @bobsredmill)
1/2 cup unseasoned gluten-free fine bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Avocado oil cooking spray
Side Note 1: If bread crumbs aren’t fine, run them through a food processor for a few seconds. Also, if you only have seasoned bread crumbs, I wouldn’t add more spices. So skip that step and ignore spices on the ingredient list.
Side Note 2: Time/temp can vary depending on brand of air fryer you have. It took a few times to get it right in mine. I have a @cosoricooks.
HOW TO MAKE
-Slice mozzarella cheese into 8 even pieces.
-Put flour in a medium bowl, egg in another bowl, and bread crumbs with spices in a third bowl. Stir to mix bread crumbs and spices together.
-Take one piece of cheese, dip it in the flour bowl to fully coat.
-Then dip it in the egg bowl to fully coat.
-Then dip it in the bread crumbs bowl to fully coat. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
-Repeat last 3 steps for each piece of cheese.
-Put in freezer for 1-2 hours.
-Preheat air fryer to 400.
-Place cheese sticks in a single layer in air fryer. Make sure they are not touching.
-Spray each stick with a light coating of avocado oil cooking spray.
-Cook at 400 for 3-4 mins.
-Serve immediately with marinara or ranch.