Bacon Crusted Mozzarella Sticks have cheese on the inside with a crispy bacon outside. They are the ultimate party food; an appetizer everyone will love.
I know that I’ve loved bacon pretty much my whole life, but the first real memory of my bacon love affair is from when I was in third grade. I was injured in a trampoline accident with a flip gone wrong.
My mouth had an unfortunate meeting with the metal trampoline bars and I spent the next several weeks in pain with missing teeth, cuts, bruises and endless dentist appointments. My wonderful and very patient mom coaxed me into eating a little here and there by offering to make whatever I wanted.
And what did I want? Two things: bacon and toast with strawberry jelly. So, my mom would make me those two things day after day, cutting them into tiny pieces so that I could try to eat them. And there wasn’t any of the precooked or microwaveable bacon available…I’m not even sure we had a microwave in our home yet.
I still love bacon and today I’m sharing a recipe that pairs bacon with another thing I love… cheese! These Bacon Mozzarella Sticks are kind of party food we all crave with melty cheese and salty bacon.
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How To Make Bacon Crusted Mozzarella Sticks
The first time I tried making these Bacon Mozzarella Sticks, I coated them the same way I coated these Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks but had issues with the bacon sticking. So, I changed the recipe to include the batter that I used to make Fried Cheese Curds instead of just using beaten eggs because it is thicker and stickier.
Another reason that the bacon wasn’t sticking was that the bacon bits were too big. So, I put the bacon bits and panko breadcrumbs into my food processor, but when that didn’t make the pieces much smaller, I tried putting them in my Blendtec and it ground the pieces up easy peasy!
Fry these babies and dig right in! My daughter said they were so good she could’ve eaten all of them. These awesome Bacon Crusted Mozzarella Sticks have a melty, gooey cheese on the inside with a crispy, bacon outside. They are the ultimate party food and an appetizer that everyone will love.
Bacon Crusted Mozzarella Sticks
- Blend panko breadcrumbs, bacon bits, salt and pepper in food processor or Blendtec until more finely ground.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, buttermilk, and egg.
- Cut cheese sticks in half.
- Heat oil to 375 degrees. (Use a thermometer and watch carefully)
- (Only cook cheese sticks one or two at a time.)
- Dip a cheese stick in the batter allowing excess to drip off.
- Coat in the panko and bacon mixture.
- Fry in hot oil for several seconds (about 15-25) until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towel.