Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Marlow:1 Gluten:ZERO!!


Do people ever ask if you cheat? One of the most frequent questions I get about being gluten free is: “Do you cheat?” And my answer to that is always, of course, NO!!

And then I laugh (because it’s funny) and I explain that being gluten free is not a fad diet to me. I tell them about how eating gluten makes my tiny little doo-dads in my stomach attack each other which leaves me feeling extremely tired, poopy (literally), and don’t forget the MIGRAINES. Plus my body is unable to process any food and it won’t even absorb any medicines.

At this point in the conversation the person either looks bored (because they weren’t listening), appalled (because I mentioned poop), or TOTALLY interested (because I’m an interesting person!). Then most times I will say this, “but I do miss mozzarella sticks.”

I dream about mozzarella sticks. Dipped in tomato sauce, ranch, or honey mustard. Breaded or battered. I LOOOOVE them.

So yesterday, after I had cleaned the kitchen, I decided to experiment. There really is nothing like a clean kitchen to motivate me to messy it.


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Success!! :) To make Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks you’ll need:

String Cheese sticks (I used Sargento Light Mozzarella)

2 eggs

1-2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour (I used Beth’s)

2 tbsp. Italian seasoning

Vegetable oil for frying

Cut the cheese sticks in half. You’ll need one small bowl and one medium bowl. In the small bowl, scramble the 2 eggs. In the medium bowl, combine the flour and the seasoning. Then Dredge!

Place the battered cheese sticks in a casserole dish and be sure that they aren’t touching. Cover in plastic wrap and place in your freezer for at least 2 hours. This ensures that the batter sets and the cheese won’t ooze out!

Deep fry until crisp! I pretty much pulled all of mine out right before and right as a tiny bit of cheese came out. The next time I make these I’ll time it and take the temperature of my oil. I honestly didn’t think these were going to turn out, so I didn’t think I would be sharing the recipe!

But boy oh boy, did they turn out!

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Served with tomato sauce and ranch dressing :) I was out of honey mustard

New Top Chef tonight! I still don’t know who I’m rooting for but I sure do love those brothers!


CinnamonQuill said...

Nice recipe and video! You are ambitious to make mozzarella sticks; I've made them before, but baked them instead of frying. Frying them is the part that intimidates me! You go!!! And next time I'll have to double drench! Great tip.

MoonGoddess said...

Ok if I wasn't missing you being local before, DANG am I ever now!!! Those look delicious!!!


iampalegreen said...

Those look great! I've been meaning to make mozzarella sticks, but don't have the patience to wait out the freezer part...although after your pictures and video, I might just change my mind!

And OH GOD, I would NEVER cheat. As I always tell people, I was so sick it's sooooooo not worth it!

Liz said...

You have officially made this gluten free/dairy free girl DROOL! Those look amazing Marlow. Great job.

A Toronto girl out West said...

Oh - this is dangerous knowledge you have given me here! LOL :oP

Marlow said...

Cinnamon- Frying is easy! However, baking is much more healthy. :)

Moon- You would love them!

Betsy- I actually have not made them before because I was too impatient.

Liz- We need to make them with a Vegan cheese!

Toronto- I know! Good thing the process takes a bit of time, or I would make them way too much!

MoonGoddess said...

ok just letting you know I have been fighting off the cheese stick urge, but today I am giving in. I blame your blog completely!

Hope all is going wonderfully! I'm taking my best gal foodie, Mini Marie out for lunch now. Lotsa love lady!

sarah (SHU) said...

hi! it's always fun to see local blogs!! i am thinking about organizing some sort of meet-up (party) someday! your site looks awesome -- impressive gluten-free magic there :)

i love mill town -- the beer, the atmosphere, everything! hmm, what is the gluten status of beer? i would imagine the wheat varieties would be off-limits . . .

Marlow said...

Sarah- Thanks! I would love to do a meet up! I know that Whit was talking about doing a NC meet up. I think that would be awesome! A Triangle meet would be great too!

Beer is pretty much off limits. There are a few beers made with rice that is safe for Celiacs, but at Milltown I drink wine! Surprisingly Tyler's serves gluten free beer!

Anonymous said...

Great stuff! I'll give it a whirl .. my kids will love it, I think. You might want to post that on It's a new Gluten-free site for recipes, locations, food and also Articles.

Anonymous said...

I think you'd be the kind of do-it-yourself-er who can really appreciate this blog:

Marlow said...

Anon #1- Thanks for suggesting Gling. Let me know how the recipe works for you!

Anon #2- You were SO right!! I am LOVING Young House Love!! Especially their wedding!!

Farty Girl said...

you have given me an idea... vegan gluten free mozzarella sticks.

hmmm.... :)

Eileen said...

Since Day 1 of my Gluten Free Diet 3 years ago, I have been militant about everything from food to utensils to lipstick to stamps to the dogs licking my face after eating their food. My husband and I almost never eat out because I trust no-one with my food.

But I must admit- I have cheated... once. I was born and raised in the deep South and while I've managed to convert most of my Southern recipes to Gluten Free and still amazingly tasty, I have had NO luck with making Gluten Free biscuits that are anywhere close to the real deal. So, when I went visit friends in NC- I gave in and had a Bojangles Biscuit.

I paid for it... but it was worth it.