Monday, June 3, 2013

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

This recipe for baked mozzarella sticks is the best because baking is less messy than frying & makes eating cheese sticks (a little) more healthy. This recipe came from Skinny Taste and honestly, I was worried because there are lots of fail photos from people trying to recreate this recipe (the key is to make sure that they are frozen when you cook them). So, just follow the directions below & you'll be enjoying delicious mozzarella sticks in no time!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Twelve (12) mozzarella string cheese sticks -- you can find these in your grocery store's dairy section.
One (1) cup of bread crumbs

Two (2) eggs, beaten
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup of seasoning to mix into the bread crumbs-- I used garlic & herb seasoning, Italian seasoning, and salt & pepper
Marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat your oven to 400F degrees.
Slice all of the string cheese sticks in half so you have 24 smaller pieces.
Freeze the cheese completely (you can do this before or after the bread crumb coating, but make sure that they are completely frozen when they go into the oven).

Set up your coating assembly line: the bowl of flour, the bowl of beaten eggs, and the bowl of bread crumbs & seasoning.
Roll each cheese stick into the flour, then  dip into the egg, and then finally coat with the seasoned bread crumbs.
Freeze these coated mozzarella sticks for at least 30 minutes before baking. The longer you freeze them, the more shape they'll hold. Good news: you can keep them frozen at this point and pull them out at any time to bake a couple.
When you're ready to bake, place on a greased and foiled baking pan. Repeat for each cheese stick.
Once they are coated, place into the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and flip the mozzarella sticks so that you bake both sides evenly.

Bake for at least another 5 minutes, but keep an eye on them so they don't melt in the pan.
Remove from the oven and enjoy with your dipping sauce while they are still warm.