Cheese Sticks, as served by Westside Drive In, located in Boise, Idaho, as seen on Triple-D Nation, Season 4.
Recipe courtesy of Westside Drive In

Westside Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min (includes freezing time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 16 sticks


Cheese Sticks:



Westside Tempura Batter:


Special equipment:
a deep-fryer
  1. For the cheese sticks: Slice the cheese brick into 4 equal pieces. Then cut into approximately 1/2-inch-wide by 4-inch-long pieces (they should weigh about 1 ounce each). Thoroughly dust the cheese sticks with the flour. Handle carefully, as the mozzarella will break easily.
  2. For the batter: Blend the buttermilk, Westside Tempura Batter and eggs together in a bowl, then add the flour and seasoning salt and mix well.
  3. For the breading: Mix together the panko, seasoned breadcrumbs, herbs and granulated garlic in a bowl.
  4. Place the floured cheese sticks in the batter. Don’t put too many in the batter at a time, as you will have problems with them breaking up. Place the battered sticks into the breading mix and cover with crumbs. Apply slight pressure to make the breading adhere to the cheese sticks. Make sure the stick is completely covered in breading. Place on a lined sheet pan. Freeze for 2 hours.
  5. Preheat a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.
  6. Drop the cheese sticks into the fryer and fry until browned, about 45 seconds. Drain on paper towels and serve sprinkled with Parmesan and with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

Westside Tempura Batter:

Yield: 3 cups
  1. Mix together the flour, cornstarch, granulated garlic, pepper and baking powder in a bowl. Dissolve the bouillon cube in 1 2/3 cups water along with the yellow food coloring, then combine with the dry mixture.