Mozzarella sticks are one of the most favorite side dishes that we offer from our wide menu here at Texas Chicken & Burgers. The definition of comfort food, this crowd pleasing snack consists of a crispy breaded shell surrounding a core of deliciously gooey and stretchy mozzarella cheese - perfect for dipping into your favorite choice of sauces. Despite its status as an iconic snack food, few people really understand the origins of mozzarella sticks; in this blog entry, we’ll go into detail regarding the history of this fan favorite snack food.
Early Origins of Mozzarella Sticks
We can trace the initial origins of mozzarella sticks to Paris, France, during the late 14th century. A cookbook from this time, entitled ‘Le Menagier de Paris’ detailed a recipe for breaded cheese sticks, only using Muenster Cheese instead of Mozzarella, and called a Pipefarce. (Surprisingly, this cookbook also contained the world's first recipe for a powdered drink mix, a wine and spice based mix called Hippocras.) The use of Mozzarella Cheese was originally started in Italy in the 12th century, with cheese made from Water Buffalos.
Popularization of the Mozzarella Sticks We Know and Love
The type of mozzarella sticks that we belovedly consume today originated during the late 1970s inside American sports bars and bowling alleys. This followed the widespread of pizza joints throughout the United States during the 1960s, and came about through the search for a novel fast food item that utilized the deep frier. A simple recipe made even simpler by the ease of use of newly ubiquitous deep fryer machines, mozzarella sticks were fast to prepare, and could easily be cooked in the small kitchens commonly found in bars or bowling alleys. Due to their crowd pleasing blend of flavor and texture, as well as their long-lasting durability in a warming tray, mozzarella quickly became an American fast food staple.