How can one go wrong with deep fried cheese wrapped in bacon? Read on for a gluten free, primal, low carb and keto version of the classic mozzarella sticks…
Since I've been on a Paleo Ketogenic diet, I've been eating a lot of foods that others would consider unhealthy. They say “that will clog your arteries” and “that will make you fat!” In reality, my LDL high density particles are MUCH lower than before keto (Jimmy Moore has a great book out that will explain this), and I've lost nearly 45 pounds. I also have about 90% less joint pain, my hypothyroidism is improving, and I wake up in the mornings non-groggy and I sleep like a rock.
This recipe is one of those that will make the “fat phobics” heads spin off. It is basically cheese wrapped in bacon, secured and then deep fried in coconut oil. I have been craving my old standby of mozzarella sticks but as you know they're breaded (I don't do ANY gluten or grains), usually fried in vegetable/seed oils (which are not stable oils and NOT healthy no matter what the government tells you) and then served with sugar & HFCS laden tomato sauce. I found a lower sugar pizza sauce that I use that's free of corn syrup and gluten and has only 4 net carbs per 1/4 cup of sauce that is great with this recipe. But really these mozzarella sticks don't need any sauce at all, they're that good!
You would think that the cheese would get all runny and leak out of the bacon, since the ends are open to the fryer. But they don't – in fact the cheese ends get browned and DELICIOUS! Also they reheat well (use a toaster oven if you can) and are a great hit at parties, but also are good for a quick take and go breakfast. They really are almost the perfect food if you're doing a fat fast too since they're almost 80% fat.
Try them and let me know how you like them, and if you made any improvements to the recipe!
- Preheat your coconut oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees.
- Wrap your cut in half cheese sticks with the bacon, overlapping as you go just a bit so the bacon stays on. At the end of the wrapping, secure with a toothpick. It's ok to not cover the ends of the cheese with bacon, actually it turns out better that way.
- Drop the bacon wrapped cheese in the hot oil and cook until the bacon is quite brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes (depending on the thickness of your bacon). Watch them closely because they will cook quickly.
- Remove to a paper towel to cool for a few minutes. Remove the toothpick and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!