Every bite into an appetizer, roll your eyes, make that ‘ooooooh my’ sound and smile? That’s what we did when we took our first memorable bite of these fried mozzarella pepperoni sticks. The egg rolls are so crunchy and yummy. The cheese gets all yummy gooey. The pepperoni adds a bite of meaty spiciness. All dunked in warm marinara.
We both agree, we’ll probably not make something more delicious or as addicting as these fried mozzarella pepperoni sticks. Oh we could probably make some changes. Maybe use a different cheese. Use pizza sauce for dunking. But why? There’s no point at all messing with this level of perfection. Just make them and enjoy and don’t over-think them. They’re awesome!
Heat oil to 375 F in a deep fryer, Dutch oven or deep skillet.
Working in batches, place egg roll wrappers in front of you with one corner towards you and one pointing away from your. The others will point to your left and right, forming a diamond. The wrappers are rectangular so it won't be a perfect diamond, but close enough.
Place three pieces of pepperoni in the center of the wrapper, leaving about an inch between the pepperoni and the left and right points of the diamond.
Center a piece of cheese over the pepperoni.
Grab the bottom point of the wrapper and fold over the top of the cheese, then roll up until you get to the top point. Just before you roll that last inch brush the inside of the wrapper with water to help hold.
Fry the sticks in oil for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack-lined sheet pan to drain and cool slightly.
Think crab cakes. Cooked and served in oyster shells, these are easy to make and fun to eat. I have a real problem containing myself around crab cakes, and these are no exception. Simple ingredients, nothing hides that great crab flavor. I really enjoyed my crabmeat stuffed oyster shells… except that I should’ve made more!
I used stainless steel reusable oyster shells, which have quickly become my go-to servers for seafood and well, just about anything I can fit into them. Even though they go onto a grill or in the oven, they cool off quickly so you can handle them. Just pick them up and slurp them down, just like you were eating oysters. Fun!
If you’d ask me what my favorite bar foods are, I’d say wings and potato skins. I can sit and eat either or both for hours (proven!) with a cold beer (or two) and watch a game on the big screen. When I’m at home, I like to make cedar plank potato skins. They’re just as great as my bar favorite, but they have a twist. That hint of cedar aroma, a little taste. Different.
There’s one thing that can make a cedar planked potato skin less than stellar, and for me, that’s soft soggy potato skin. It needs to be just a bit crunchy. Don’t be afraid to bake your potatoes just a bit longer than you might normally for baked potatoes. Get that skin a bit crunchier. You’ll be happy you did.