A light crispy coating on the outside closely followed by a soft, warm, and gooey melted cheese – boy oh boy, cheese sticks are really good. Pair them up with marinara sauce, and you have a burst of flavors in your mouth. No wonder they have long been a star of the restaurants’ appetizer menus. But, let’s face it – as good as cheese sticks taste when they are fresh and hot, no wants to have them when they are cold. Soggy and super stringy, cold cheese sticks are downright disappointing. Fortunately, they can be reheated and brought back to their original goodness. So, don’t hesitate to bring home the leftover cheese sticks from your dine-outs. Here’s how to reheat cheese sticks, so they come out hot and crisp and not greasy and soggy like they do in the microwave oven.
Different Ways of Reheating Cheese Sticks
Here are some tried and tested ways to bring your leftover cheese sticks as close to the freshly prepared ones as possible:
· In Oven
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place and the cheese sticks on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake them for about 5 to 10 minutes. Turn them over halfway to ensure they heat up evenly.
· In Toaster Oven
To warm up leftover cheese sticks in a toaster oven, preheat it to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the sticks on a baking sheet, in a single layer, and place them in the toaster oven for about 8 minutes.
· In a Deep Fryer or a Pan
Heat the oil until it reaches about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully put the cheese sticks into the hot oil and refry them for about 1 to 2 minutes. As their color changes to a golden brown, remove the sticks from the fryer or pan using a strainer spatula and place them on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Reheating Frozen Cheese Sticks
You can use the same methods for reheating frozen cheese sticks. However, you need to make a few changes:
- If reheating frozen cheese sticks in the oven, preheat it to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the sticks for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- When using a toaster oven, keep the temperature same but increase the time to 15 minutes.
- To reheat frozen cheese sticks in a deep fryer, thaw them first and then follow the same reheating procedure discussed above.
Now that you know how to reheat cheese sticks the right way, you can stop eating those soggy and super greasy ones that you get from reheating in the microwave. While they may not taste as good as freshly fried ones, they will still be delicious and very close to how they tasted when they were first brought to your table, in the restaurant, straight out of the deep fryer.