If you’ve been following our posts, you might have noticed how much we love cheese. And the lure of a new product on the shelf is one of our biggest weaknesses, especially with a brand we’ve had a positive experience with in the past. So when we saw that Mozzarella Sticks were the latest addition to the recently launched Aviko frozen food brand, it was a no-brainer. It had to be tried. Their cheesy snacks had proven to be delightful, and we had high hopes with this one too.
There are a couple of cooking methods that can be used. If you deep fry them on the stove, make sure your oil is hot before you add the mozzarella sticks, and fry for 2 minutes on high heat until golden brown. If you cook on low heat and it takes longer, the coating will break. If you’re baking them in the oven, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, bake for 4 minutes, flip them over, and bake for another 4 minutes until golden brown.
Onto the taste.. we really really wanted to love these mozzarella sticks. It’s one of our favorite appetizers and to have it so conveniently in the freezer for our cheese cravings without having to go through the triple coating routine of homemade ones, seemed like a dream come true. And they looked beautiful and promising straight out of the oven.
As you can see, the coating looked perfect and held really well. It even tasted the way a good coating should. And the cheese was temptingly melty and stretchy in full mozzarella goodness. But the cheese itself.. was pretty bland. Which was surprising for us because in all our (albeit limited) Aviko experiences, the flavorful cheese was what kept us coming back for more. But by themselves, the mozzarella sticks seemed distinctly lacking in flavor. We dipped ours in homemade marinara sauce, which helped disguise its lack of flavor.
If Aviko can replace the mozzarella used for these snacks, for a more flavorful version (something like the President Mozzarella, which we adore), this could be a fast favorite in our freezer. Until then, and we actually feel sad about this, we don’t really recommend that you buy it. If you still wish to..
Aviko Mozzarella Sticks are priced at Aed 19.50 and available at all major Carrefour stores in the UAE. One bag contains about 10-12 pieces.
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