Beer Cheese Mozzarella Sticks

This is the perfect game-day marriage. We put beer and cheese together to create a delicious sauce to smother everyone's favorite snack -- mozzarella sticks.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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One 24-ounce package frozen mozzarella sticks

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder 

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Kosher salt

3/4 cup beer

1/2 cup half-and-half 

Dash of hot sauce

2 cups grated Cheddar 

1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives


  1. Cook the mozzarella sticks according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, mustard powder, smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoons salt; cook, whisking, until smooth, about 1 minute. Whisk in the beer, half-and-half and hot sauce until smooth; bring to a simmer and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the Cheddar until melted. 
  3. Put the mozzarella sticks on a platter and drizzle with the sauce. Sprinkle with the everything bagel seasoning and chives.