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Air Fryer-Air Fried-Applebee's (Copycat) Mozzarella Sticks

Ingredients

  • 12 1 ounces mozzarella sticks

Flour:

  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Egg Mixture:

  • 2 large eggs

Seasoning Mix/Bread Crumb Mixture:

  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Other: Non-stick Cooking spray, parchment paper

Instructions

  1. The hardest part of this recipe for me was to remove the cheese sticks from the wrappers.

  2. Start by cutting up your mozzarella sticks, in half

  3. Place the mozzarella sticks on parchment paper, which is lined on a baking sheet (that will fit in your freezer)

  4. Place the baking sheet (with the parchment paper, and mozzarella sticks) into the freezer for 25 minutes.

  5. After the 25 minutes, 

    in one bowl place the flour

  6. In another bowl place the eggs and beat them, so they get nice and frothy.

  7. In another bowl, place mix the bread crumbs, cheese, and seasonings and mix well.

  8. Then drip the frozen mozzarella stick into the 

    flour-

    egg wash-

    bread crumb mixture

  9. As you do them, place them back on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.

  10. Freeze them again for about 1 hour.

  11. NOW--Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees, the results will be so much better. This is one of the few recipes that I preheat my air fryer for.



  12. Spray your air fryer basket, with non-stick cooking spray. So they don't end up sticking.

  13. Remember not to overcrowd the air fryer basket.

  14. Remember to spray your mozzarella sticks, while they are in the air fryer, you will get some nice golden color.

    Set the time for 5 minutes, at 400 degrees F. If you air fryer only goes to 390 degrees F, you may need an additional minute.

  15. Plate, serve and enjoy!