I made these last week on a night Kevin had to work late. The boys LOVED them. I only made 16 of them and they were upset when they were all gone. They were easy to make and so much better than the over-battered fried ones, in my humble opinion. ;)
I’ve learned a few things since making them. I made them for dinner again last night. This time I used a different brand of mozzarella sticks than I’d used the first time and just for fun, I didn’t cut them in half. In my recipe, I’ll recommend a certain brand of cheese, but you are welcome to try whichever you like. And now I’ll make sure to cut them in half as well, not sure if that helped cause the melting, but there was also a difference in the thickness/roundness of the two brands of cheese and I actually baked a few of each last night and the ones I’d used the first time didn’t melt like the other brand.
Anyway, these were great and perfect for pleasing kids. I used a simple store-bought pizza sauce (gasp!) this time, because I just happened to have some on hand. Any marinara sauce would be great for dipping these in.
These are made by dipping each stick in flour, then egg, then seasoned breadcrumbs with Panko crumbs and a couple other things added. They are then baked for a short time and ready to eat!
I found the recipe for these at Skinny Taste and have adapted it slightly. That recipe notes that it makes 24 sticks, but I barely had enough egg for 16. You can use another egg and easily get 24 with the remaining flour and breadcrumb mixture.
Baked Mozzarella Sticks, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Skinny Taste
8 sticks Frigo Cheeseheads part-skim mozzarella string cheese sticks, cut in half, frozen (recommended, but other brands may work)
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup all purpose flour
5 tablespoons Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
5 tablespoons Panko crumbs
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 tablespoons dried parsley
Cooking Spray (I used an olive oil spray)
Marinara Sauce, for dipping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Keep cheese sticks (already cut in half and frozen) in the freezer until ready to use.
Prepare three separate dishes, one with the flour, one with the egg and one with the breadcrumbs, Panko, parmesan cheese and parsley. Remove the cheese sticks from the freezer and working quickly dip each stick first in the flour, then the egg and finally the breadcrumb mixture. Set them on the foil-lined baking sheet. If your oven isn’t preheated yet, stick the sheet of prepared sticks in the freezer. (They need to stay frozen right up until they go in the oven!)
Spray the tops of the prepared mozzarella sticks with cooking spray and bake 4-5 minutes. Turn each over and bake another 4-5 minutes. Start with 4 minutes, checking to make sure they don’t melt. Makes 16.
Simple and delicious!