Ree Drummond’s Garlic and Herb Mozzarella Sticks | The Pioneer Woman | Food Network

Ree coats her gooey mozzarella sticks in crushed pita chips and adds pesto and cream for a raised marinara dipping sauce!
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with Marinara Dipping Sauce
Level: Intermediate
Overall: 30 minutes (includes freezing time).
Active: 15 minutes.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings.


Vegetable oil, for frying.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour.
Kosher salt and newly ground black pepper.
1 big egg.
1 cup finely crushed pita chips (about 1 1/2 cups entire chips).
6 sticks string, halved.
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce.
2 tablespoons heavy cream.
2 tablespoons pesto.


Heat 1 inch of oil in a deep pan to 330 degrees F.

Location the flour in a shallow dish, season with salt and pepper then stir. Beat together the egg with salt and pepper in a 2nd shallow meal. Location the carefully crushed pita chips in a third shallow dish. Dip each stick half in flour, getting rid of the excess, then in the egg, then duplicate the flour and egg. Last but not least, dip each in the pita chips, pressing to coat. At this point, freeze for 15 minutes to firm the sticks prior to frying.

Combine the marinara, cream and pesto in a small sauce pot. Stir and heat through.

Fry the mozzarella sticks in the hot oil, turning, till golden brown on all sides, about 30 seconds. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve instantly with the dipping sauce.

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  1. Is she really using a metal spoon in what looks like a non stick saucepan??😬

    1. @Latinx Lopez It can and will ruin the integrity of the teflon surface, and before you know it, you just have ‘A’ frying pan with non stick lines in it.

    2. @Saffron Chadwick oh men. That explains why my non stick is in desperate need of a replacement 🤣😂 Gracias for the tip!!

  2. I’m the huge fan of mozzarella sticks! That’s what Ree can do it! Thanks again!

  3. Ground garlic pita chips is very interesting. Makes me want to try ground lays ketchup chips on chicken nuggets.

  4. Yummy recipe!! 😋 Perfect for after school snack for the kids or even tailgating party. 😊

  5. anyone else notice there’s been a ton of munchie food lately? Always posting at night when people are ready to relax

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