Mozzarella Sticks

These baked mozzarella sticks are the perfect snack – for adults and kids.  Plus, baking them makes them much lighter and healthier than fried ones.

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz. mozzarella string cheese sticks (cut in halves or thirds), room temperature
  • Approximately 1/2 cup flour
  • Approximately 2 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs or Panko breadcrumbs (for a Panko crusted recipe, check out this recipe on Linny’s Kitchen)
  • 3/4 cups powdered Parmesan cheese
  • 3 or 4 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Robust Red Sauce, for dipping

HOW TO MAKE IT

  • Arrange a breading station with a container of flour (seasoned with salt and pepper), one with beaten eggs, and one with breadcrumbs
  • Dredge your cheese stick in the flour (shake off any excess), dip it in the egg and then coat with bread crumbs
  • Bring your breaded stick back into the egg and then dip it in the breadcrumbs again – this double dip will help the melted cheese stay inside the breadcrumb shell
  • Place the breaded cheese stick onto a baking sheet coated with olive oil
  • Repeat this process with all of the cheese sticks
  • Generously brush the tops of the mozzarella sticks with olive oil
  • Freeze the cheese sticks for at least 30 minutes before baking – this will help them keep their shape while baking
  • Bake at 400°F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
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