Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks

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Avui un clàssic dels clàssics, l’aperitiu preferit dels amants de formatge: els imprescindibles, atemporals, magnífics palets de mozzarella.

I, tal com vem fer fa unes setmanes amb el pollastre arrebossat al forn, en presentem la versió operació-bikini-friendly: més sana, més fàcil i més còmoda. Perquè pugueu vetllar el retorn dels Stark (que tornaran, creieu-me, no ens poden deixar tan orfes i eliminar les principals trames de la sèrie en un pim pam; seran més o menys zombies però tornaran) i planificar la venjança contra les males pècores de Dorne (que això que han fet és molt lleig, gratuït, injust i absolutament a traïció, per Lannister que fos) sense haver de patir tant pel recompte de calories.

Valar Morghulis.

Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks

Prep time: about 30 min

Servings: I made 25 sticks (and could eat 3 times the amount I cooked all by myself)

You’ll need:

  • Mozzarella, cut into little sticks (I made 25 sticks of about 1 x 1 x 4 cm)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • breadcrumbs (quantity difficult to say, just go and buy a couple of packages, it’s cheap and always useful to have around)
  • oregano
  • salt
  • pepper
  • any sauce you like (ketchup, BBQ, home-made Italian-style tomato sauce…)

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A healthier, cleaner and easier version of the typical fried mozzarella sticks, the same idea as in the Crunchy No-fry Fried Chicken.

There are basically three steps: first, place a bowl full of breadcrumbs mixed with salt, pepper and oregano and another bowl with the beaten eggs next to each other (the closer the bowls are, the smaller the mess will be in the next step).

Now take a cheese stick, dip it into the egg until well coated, then dip it into the bread and roll it until well covered. If the breadcrumb layer is too thin and weak, dip it in the beaten egg and in the breadcrumbs a second time (I did it). Repeat with all your sticks.

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Now look at your fingers, absolutely covered with egg and breadcrumbs, stick one finger into your mouth, clean it by eating the bread-egg crust, and enjoy the incoming childhood memories of summer evenings helping your mother cook breaded chicken. Nice.

Then, line a baking dish with baking paper and place all your beautiful cheese sticks on it.

Finally, bake for 5 minutes, until the melted mozzarella just starts to break the golden crispy crust to expand its cheesy warm royalty all over the place.

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Enjoy! 🙂

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Cheese Balls

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Avui no tinc gaire temps d’escriure. M’ha passat el que em passa absolutament cada any per Setmana Santa: que divendres al vespre sembla que 10 dies seran unes vacances llarguíssimes i, de cop, és dilluns de Pasqua i ja se t’ha acabat tot. M’estressa molt la Setmana Santa, és potser l’època de l’any en què més sents que se t’escapa el temps de les mans. És com depriment i tot.

Per sort, un bon dinar amb amics pot fer que, almenys durant una estona, el temps es mogui a una altra velocitat.

One year ago on May the Cheese Be with You: Strawberry Cottage Cheese Cups

Cheese Balls

Prep time: 15 min + at least 2 hours refrigerator

You will need:

  • cream cheese (I used 1 tablespoon for each ball)
  • toppings (herbs, spices, nuts… almost anything will do)

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This recipe is extremely easy and the result is really good. In fact, I think it has the best difficulty/results ratio ever. All you need is to take a spoonful of cream cheese and mix it with your favourite ingredients. I used fresh chopped chives for the first cheese ball and curry for the second one, and they both were delicious.

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Then form a ball, wrap it in plastic film and refrigerate for at least an hour. And that’s it. Serve it with some crackers and you’ll have the perfect appetizer.

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Enjoy!

Annie

Double-Cheese Grilled Cheese Rolls

Double-Cheese Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups

Two things are responsible for shaping today’s post. The first one is that we spend our summers in a teeny tiny village with only one street, a patisserie that only opens three days a week and only makes 10 croissants for the entire village, and 50% of the population is made up of elderly women who sit on folding chairs just outside their front doors and gossip the daylights right out of you. Official town events start at least an hour late every single time, and when the single, 8m2 grocery store runs out of, say, chicken, it’ll take a week before they’ve restocked. Also, when you switch on the eletric oven in our kitchen, the fuses blow. Every single time. And no, I’m not making this up. This place does exist.

But oh, they have the most heavenly, fresh picked peaches and tomatoes, and they make their own olive oil, capable of reducing grown men to tears. Oh, and this:

Alas, great culinary feats are utopic. Also, pardon the poor quality of the pictures, which I had to take with my phone. I promise though, the recipe is as good as ever.

On the other hand, we have collided with the realization that, cheese devoted blog though we be, we have not yet featured the most evident of all cheese recipes: the Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  Epic failure, indeed. We hope we are still in time to mend our wayward ways.

Of course, posting the recipe for a basic grilled cheese might, in some remote and obscure corner of the cooking world, be considered excessively simple, primitive surroundings nonwithstanding.

So we upgraded it.

Ladies and gentlemen in your modern day kitchens, I give you, the Double Cheese Grilled Cheese Roll.

Or melty cheese heaven.

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Double-Cheese Grilled Cheese Rolls

Servings: 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

You will need:

  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 4 slices goat cheese
  • 4 slices Havarti cheese
  • some butter, as needed

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First off, we need to prep the bread to make it roll-up ready. Lay out your slices on a flat surface and flatten them with a rolling pin.

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Top with a slice each of Havarti and goat cheese.

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Then roll up tightly, if you can, or loosely if your bread begins to break, as mine did.

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Meanwhile, melt some butter in a frying pan, then place the grilled cheese rolls seam-side down in the pan. Fry until nicely browned on all sides and cheese is all melty.

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Set aside for a few minutes for the cheese to set.

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Devour 🙂

Clara