These mozzarella cheese bites are a delicious appetizer recipe with a crispy, crunchy, corn dog batter covering a bite-size piece of mozzarella cheese. Deep-fried until golden brown and the combination of the crunchy batter and the melted cheese makes these cheese bites the perfect appetizer for game day, family gatherings, or for snacking on.
Fried and battered cheese. Could anything be better? No, not really. That’s probably why snacks like mozzarella sticks are so universally popular. Who can say no to melty cheese coated in a deep-fried outer layer? I’ve always loved fried cheese of any sort, and that’s why I love these mozzarella bites. They’re a slightly different take on the classic idea, and they are so good. I’ve been making this particular recipe for a few months, now, and everyone in my family loves it. When the kids and grandkids are over for a visit, I put out a batch of these. They’re always gone by the time they leave!
Mozzarella Cheese Bites
We all know and love mozzarella sticks. That melty center of mozzarella that’s covered with crunchy breading is one of the most classic appetizers out there. This recipe takes that concept to another level! These bites feature mozzarella cheese that’s been coated in corn dog batter and deep-fried to golden brown perfection. This method makes for a snack that is meltier than mozzarella sticks and with a batter that’s sweeter and more robust, as well. I guarantee it’ll become your new favorite.
Why You’ll Love These Mozzarella Cheese Bites
- The crunchy corn dog coating is delicious and offers a touch of sweetness.
- This is a super easy recipe to make!
- These are great appetizers or afternoon snacks.
- Everyone always loves this combination of fried corn dog batter and ooey-gooey mozzarella.
Mozzarella Cheese Bites Tips
This is a fairly easy recipe, but there are a couple of tips that are so simple but make such a big difference. Be sure to take a look at them before diving into this recipe.
- Keep the oil at 375 degrees. Any higher, and the corn dog batter will cook to golden brown but the cheese won’t have time to melt through.
- Dry off your cheese before cubing it so the batter will stick.
- Be sure that you don’t crowd the pan. You want your oil to stay at an even temperature.
Favorite Dipping Ideas
These cheesy, fried bites are so good when dipped! They’re tasty with just about any sauce you can think of. Some of my favorite ideas are below for you to try.
- Marinara sauce
- Tzatziki sauce
Mozzarella Cheese Bites FAQ
If you have questions about mozzarella cheese bites, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about this deep-fried appetizer.
What goes with mozzarella bites?
These little fried cheesy bites go well with all kinds of foods, from salads to seafood. Here are some great pairing ideas.
- Garlic bread
- Dipping sauce
- Fried fish
- Fried eggs
- Grilled anything
What can I do with too much mozzarella cheese?
The better question is what can’t you do with mozzarella. Pair it with garden veggies and toasted bread. Put it on burgers. Add it to all kinds of pasta dishes. Make eggplant parm. Mozzarella is really a universal cheese that goes with just about anything you can think of.
Who invented fried cheese?
Thanks to the popularity of mozzarella sticks, you might assume that fried cheese is either an Italian invention or something dreamed up at a sports bar. In reality, fried cheese has its roots in France. in 1393, a recipe for fried cheese using muenster was published in a cookbook called Le Managier de Paris.
Can you freeze mozzarella cheese?
Yes, but I don’t recommend it. It can cause that creamy texture to turn into one that’s crumbly and odd-feeling in the mouth.
Storing and Reheating Mozzarella Cheese Bites
These will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat these cheese bites, place the bites on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Mozzarella Cheese Bites Ingredients
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe. You’ll find them all easily on your next trip to the grocery store.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- Large egg
- Vegetable oil
- Mozzarella cheese
- Vegetable oil for frying
How to Make Mozzarella Cheese Bites
You’ll only have to do a little mixing and then frying to make these delicious bites. It’s an easy recipe that produces absolutely delicious results!
Step 1: Make the Batter
Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. then, combine the egg, buttermilk, and oil in a small bowl. Add them to the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.
Step 2: Batter the Cheese
Dry the cheese cubes with a paper towel and add a piece of cheese to a wooden skewer. Dip each piece of cheese into the corn dog batter, coating them completely.
Step 3: Fry
Heat the oil to 375 degrees in a heavy bottom pan or deep fryer. Then, holding the skewer, add the battered cheese to the hot oil or using a slotted spoon, add 6 to 8 bites at a time and fry until golden brown. Don’t overcrowd the pan. Place the bites on a plate lined with paper towels until ready to serve.
Try These Mozzarella Cheese Bites Today
These delicious mozzarella cheese bites combine deep-fried, golden-brown corn dog batter with delicious, melty mozzarella cheese. It doesn’t get better than that! They make a delicious appetizer for any occasion, potluck dish, or just an afternoon snack. Give them a try, and I know you’re going to love them as much as I and my family do. In fact, I predict they’ll become a regular part of your finger food rotation!
More Easy Appetizer Recipes You’ll Enjoy
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Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket – This recipe combines pigs in a blanket and jalapeno poppers, making the most delicious and flavorful appetizer that you can add to your party tray.
Soft Pretzel Bites – These homemade pretzels are made completely from scratch and are soft on the inside with the perfect amount of crisp and salt on the outside.
Try these Mini Corn Dogs in the Air Fryer from Great Grub, Delicious Treats. They’re a quick and easy recipe that make a great lunch or appetizer for any occasion.
Mozzarella Cheese Bites
- ½ cup cornmeal
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 8 ounce block mozzarella cheese, cut into bite-size pieces
- 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
- Heat oil to 375° in a medium heavy bottom pan or deep fryer.
- In a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
- In a small bowl, mix egg, buttermilk and oil together and add to dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened.
- Prior to dipping the cheese into the batter, dry each piece with a paper towel.
- Using a skewer or slotted spoon, dip each piece of cheese into the batter, cover completely, then add to the hot oil by dipping the skewer into the hot oil or place 6-8 at a time into the hot oil using a slotted spoon. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan.
- Fry until golden brown on all sides and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
- Repeat with the remaining cheese pieces.
Here are a few pics that are perfect to save to your favorite Pinterest boards.