Fried Cheese Sticks With Tomato Sauce

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READY IN: 1hr
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1
    (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 12
    cup mushroom, finely chopped
  • 12
    teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 12
    teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1
    cup flour
  • 1
    cup fine dry breadcrumb
  • 12
    teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1
    lb cheese, well chilled (Cheese suggestions, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Muenster, cheddar, fontina, Gouda, Edam, Havar)
  • 2
    beaten eggs
  • cooking oil (for deep-fat frying)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, mushrooms, oregano and basil.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Cover and keep warm while frying cheese.
  • Combine bread crumbs, wheat germ and red pepper in a small bowl.
  • Cut cheese into 2x1/2x1/2-inch sticks or 1 inch cubes.
  • Dip each piece of cheese in eggs, then into the flour and then the crumbs to coat well; repeat one more time to ensure even coating.
  • Heat 1 1/2 inches of oil to 375 degrees.
  • Fry a few cheese pieces at a time for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until golden on all sides. (do not overcook or you will have a melted mess).
  • Drain well on paper towels.
  • Serve warm with tomato sauce.
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