Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bad Blogger

Hi everyone!  I must say that I've been a bad blogger lately.  My apologies.... this past week has been pretty crazy... a lot dramatic... but I must say that things are looking up.  Every cloud has a silver lining, so they say.  I'm not going to go into detail on the blog, but sometimes the universe throws you a huge curve out of left field that you never expected.  I just hope that this particular curve turns out to be a blessing in disguise...

So obviously during this time, like any normal person, I wanted comfort food....er or maybe we should call this bar food.  Anyway, I wanted cheesesticks, which I haven't had since going gluten-free.  Who doesn't love cheese and a crunchy coating?  Actually, one of the first times I tried a cheesestick I actually choked - that is what you get when you are 5 and take too big bites - but clearly that didn't cause my love to falter.  Over the years, I've sampled all kinds of fried cheese - the best cheesesticks are at a restaurant called Arthur's if you aren't gluten free - but now they just seemed like a forgotten food I would never get to have again.

I was determined, I had frozen cheesesticks in the freezer and breadcrumbs in the cabinet....obviously, they weren't going to be fried - I just can't bring myself to do it.  So I formulated a game plan that included dipping the frozen cheese in brown rice flour, an egg wash and breadcrumbs.  Then I placed them on a parchment lined pan into my pre-heated toaster oven... things seemed promising until I left the kitchen to clean my apartment.

However, keeping in theme with the week, things in the kitchen weren't going well... cue the following recipe for disaster cheesesticks.  Now I wouldn't call this recipe a complete fail - it was still the cheesy, crunchy, deliciousness of my dreams.   There was just one tiny problem......  I bet you'll be able to guess in the photos below.



Disaster Cheesesticks

Ingredients

1 egg, mixed
1/4 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
2 tbsp brown rice flour
4 frozen cheesesticks, cut in half (I used Sargento Colby-Jack) 
Italian seasoning to taste

1. Pre-heat your toaster oven to 400 degrees.  Set aside 3 small bowls - for brown rice flour, egg & bread crumbs.
2. Dip cheese into brown rice flour, making sure to coat evenly on all sides.
3. Dip floured cheesesticks into the egg mixture, then dip immediately into the breadcrumbs to coat evenly on all sides.
4. Place cheeseticks onto parchment paper
5. Bake in the toaster oven for 5-7 minutes. 

Prepping the ingredients!

Melty.. but sooo good.



Don't walk away or your disaster cheesesticks will definitely be a disaster aka mine.. but they'll still be delicious!

What's your favorite bar food? 

2 comments:

  1. I've felt the same lately :/ We need to catch up soon! I can't believe I haven't seen anyone except Elisa the whole summer and even then its only been at work!! You need to take me to Orange Leaf sometime :D

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  2. @Adrienne YES!!! We have to go to Orange Leaf asap! I'll have to fill you in on my drama that of course relates to our department.

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