Grain Free Mozzarella Sticks
With New Years and the end of football season parties it’s always nice to have a few healthy options available to munch on. I had been wanting to make my own Mozzerella Sticks for awhile, but I hadn’t gotten around to it since I usually like to stay away from dairy so I don’t have any digestive issues resurface themselves. I finally decided to give it a try and boy am I glad I did. I used pork rinds in this recipe and if you’re worried about the quality of the pork rinds/cracklings you can always make your own. The book Beyond Bacon (get it here) has an easy recipe that you can make with or without the seasoning.
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- 16 oz block of Mozzarella Cheese
- 3 oz pork rinds/cracklings (Make your own cracklings--recipe in Beyond Bacon or order quality pork rinds here)
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp water or coconut milk
- Cut the mozzarella cheese into 12 (3/4-1" thick) sticks
- Grind the pork rinds/cracklings into a food processor or chopper until crumbs are formed.
- On a plate combine the crumbs, parsley, and garlic powder.
- On another plate combine the coconut flour, salt, and black pepper.
- In a medium shallow bowl or dish whisk the eggs and water (or coconut milk) until thoroughly combine.
- Coat the mozzarella in the coconut flour and shake off the excess.
- Coat the mozzarella in the egg mixture and then into the crumb mixture. Be sure to coat evenly on all side of the mozzarella. Repeat with the remaining mozzarella sticks.
- In a large cast iron skillet heat enough coconut oil to cover the pan 1/2" high over medium high heat.
- Add the mozzarella sticks, in batches, cook for about 30 seconds on one side or until golden brown. Flip the sticks over and cook for another 15-20 seconds.
- Place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- Serve with marinara sauce.
Net Carb Count*: 1.4 g net carbs (for 1 stick--makes 16 sticks )
Total Carb Count: 2 g total carbs (for 1 stick)
*Note net carb count = Total carbs - fiber. Carb counts are estimated based on the products I used. Check nutrition labels for accurate carb counts and gluten information.