Boxcar Spicy Sticks

A jalapeno popper married to a mozzarella stick and honeymooned in a bed of Cheetos. Meet the spicy stick.  

The Spicy Stick

It’s a Frankenstein of appetizers. And it’s fairly simple to make. Simply slice and seed the jalapeno, shove a stick of cheese in there, dust it, give it an egg bath, and then roll it around in some crushed flaming hot Cheetos. Then bake to a gooey spicy goodness.  

Time You Need:  

  • Prep: 20 minutes  
  • Resting: 1-2 hours  
  • Baking: 15 minutes  
  • Yields: 12 spicy sticks 

What you Need:  

  • 12 mozzarella string cheese sticks, frozen  
  • 6 large jalapenos, seeded and halved
  • ~½ bag (4-5 ounces) finely crushed flaming hot Cheetos or jalapeno Cheetos 
  • 2 eggs, beaten  
  • ½ cup of milk  
  • ~1 cup of flour 
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper 
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder  
  • 1 tbsp onion powder  
  • Marinara for dipping  

What You do:  

  • Place string cheese in the freezer and freeze for around 1-2 hours  
  • Cut the tops off the jalapeno, halve them, remove seeds and rinse in cold water. Dry with a paper towel.  
  • Preheat oven to 370.  
  • Take a frozen string cheese and place in jalapeno half. Repeat for rest of the jalapeno.  
  • Create a dredging station, with one bowl of flour and seasonings, one bowl of milk and eggs, and one bowl of crushed Cheetos (Cheetos work best if you run them through a food processor or blender to get to a very fine powder).  
  • Starting one at a time, dip the jalapeno/string cheese in flour, then egg, then roll around the crushed Cheeto dust.  
  • Place on a greased baking sheet and repeat.  
  • Bake the spicy sticks for about ~15 minutes, until golden brown and cheese is melted.  
  • Dip in your favorite marinara!