I got a craving for cheese sticks the other night and thought I'd give it a try sans recipe. I made them ages ago and figured it would be easy. Got everything ready then realized the house was egg free. So I attempted without egg. It was....unfortunate. I figured I could use water or oil and the breadcrumbs would stick to that and everything would turn out fine in the end. Well. I got a nice melted lump of cheese without even the teeny little bit of breadcrumbs attached.
Attempt 2 went much better and I've been playing around with them since. One nice little time saver was the cheese itself. At first I used a chunk of mozzarella that had to be sliced up. It worked fine but shape varied a good deal. What I finally landed on was using string cheese. Just cut a stick in half and you have two very nice looking cheese sticks in the end (picture above). Everyone is nice and uniform and you can't tell after they're cooked that they started life as string cheese. The other thing I changed was the cornstarch. I honestly couldn't tell a difference with it included or left out so I don't bother with adding it.
Recipe after the jump