Here is how I made the fried cheese sticks this evening using some homemade Jarlsberg cheese. If you want to make the recipe easier, and you don't have a large chunk of cheese to cut up, string cheese works great for this recipe too.
First, I started out my getting three "dipping stations" ready.
Dipping station #1:
- 2/3 cup whole wheat flour (freshly ground if possible)
- 1/3 cup corn starch
Dipping station #2:
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup water
Dipping station #3:
- 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (I make mine in the food processor out of old bread)
- 2 Tablespoons approximately of a mix of Italian herbs, your choice
- 1 teaspoon salt
Mix all of the ingredients at each station well (but separately) and then proceed to dunk each cheese stick, starting at station #1 and proceeding through station #3. Put all the dipped cheese sticks onto a tray and refrigerate while you are heating the oil to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drop one cheese stick in the oil at a time and let it cook for about a minute. (I tried to do two sticks at a time, but they tend to attract to one another and then fry themselves together - ugh.)
Keep them in a warm oven until you are ready to serve them.
My family loved these cheese sticks that I made along with fresh bread sticks and homemade heirloom tomato marinara sauce.