Can I Make "Mozzarella Garlic Bread Dippers"?
I wanted to see if the way they seal the mozzarella dippers in this Twisted YouTube video worked and they looked really cute.
A number of the Twisted videos use white bread to start, which seems like a cop out, but it's good because it makes the recipes really cheap and easy to try. :)
What I wanted to see is if the flour/water mixture they use worked to seal the pieces of white bread together to form a dipper.
Wednesday, November 12, 2019, Attempt #1:
In the video, they make their own tomato sauce with onions, garlic, herbs, and heavy cream and they also make garlic parsley butter. I just used jarred tomato sauce and I brushed some with butter only and others with this Lawry's garlic spread I have (which is good and like garlic butter.)
You use a circle cookie cutter to cut the bread and make the little dippers.
They use the circle cutter to cut mozzarella slices into circles to fit onto the bread. I just used string cheese. It all melts the same. (The circle cheese slices do look better for the video though. :) ) I use string cheese as an ingredient all the time; see post.
Essentially you are making a mini-grilled cheese. Check out my recent post on grilled cheese for tips for lazy people. :)
I tried it 2 ways: fried and baked -- to see if they tasted different and which was faster.
What I used:
- white bread
- mozzarella string cheese (torn into pieces)
- 1 tablespoon of butter or Lawry's garlic spread
- a little flour (~1 tablespoon; I didn't measure closely.)
- a little water
(a couple tablespoons; I just turned the sink on for a second).
Supplies: plate, bowl -- pan (fry) or baking pan (bake)
I microwaved the butter for 30 sec. to melt it. I mixed the flour and water in a bowl together.
I used the cookie cutter to cut 2 circles out of each piece of bread.
I added a little string cheese to one piece.
I used my finger to paint around one piece of bread with the flour/water mixture. I put the 2 pieces of bread together and pressed around edges to seal it together.
It's fun to cut and make the little circles!
I made 4 total and used about 1/2 of a mozzarella string cheese (~0.5 oz.).
I brushed 2 with melted butter and 2 with Lawry's garlic spread.
Pan (~30-60 sec.)
I put 2 on a pan (no oil or butter -- because they were already brushed with butter). It took about 15-30 seconds to brown one side and then I flipped it and browned the other side; like making a grilled cheese.
Baking (350 degrees for ~10 min.)
I had turned the oven on to 350 degrees. It took ~10 minutes to bake. Oops, I didn't take a picture of them in the baking pan, but you can imagine what that looks like. Haha. :)
I microwaved some jarred tomato sauce to serve with them.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! They look good and taste good and were really fast and easy to make (more photos below). Very cheesy!
This is a fun easy way to cook something and a more fun way to eat grilled cheese/mozzarella stick. Also, each little dipper only has about 40-45 calories.
If you are only making a few, it's much faster to use a pan. If you are making a lot like in the Twisted video, then it's easier to bake them in the oven.
As I said above it seems like using white bread to start is a cop out, but I've found the Twisted recipes transform the white bread and it tastes really good. Also, the flour/water mixture to seal the bread worked well!
If you feel bad about not using the whole piece of bread, then you can use it to make bread pudding like I did with some leftover brioche buns (see post), French toast (pieces; tastes the same :) ), as a binder for burgers or meatloaf or toast them as croutons.
Give it a try! We are good at this.
Baked on the left / Fried on the Right (I ate one before this pic. Haha. :) )
Fried (before I ate one)