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Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Blossom Lady
Jul 26, 2020 06:57 AM
Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Homemade mozzarella sticks are easy to make in less than 30 minutes! The first bite begins with a deliciously crispy outer coating followed closely with a surprisingly soft cheesy middle.

It actually took me several attempts to get these perfect. I played around with different types of cheese and here’s my suggestion: you will need to buy mozzarella cheese from the grocery store, but don’t use the buffalo style, because it will be too soft. Buy the cheese in the brick and it will work just fine. Another tip: these sticks must be frozen before you bake them to prevent a big cheesy mess in your oven, just believe me.

Ingredients

12 mozzarella string cheese sticks

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 large egg

2 Tablespoons milk

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan

Herbs to taste (I use my homemade combination of dried basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, garlic powder)

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions

Step 1

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In three separate dishes, prepare the following:

Dish 1: Combine flour, salt and pepper and whisk to combine.

Dish 2: Combine eggs and milk and whisk to beat and combine.

Dish 3: Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic powder, and herbs.

Step 2

Working with one piece of cheese at a time, dredge each piece of string cheese in flour mixture, shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then coat in breadcrumb mixture and press to ensure it sticks. Repeat this process, then transfer to prepared baking sheet.

Step 3

Transfer baking sheet to freezer and let freeze for at least 1 hour.

Step 4

When ready to bake preheat oven to 400° F.

Step 5

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with oil. Place frozen cheese sticks on baking sheet. Spray the tops of the mozzarella sticks with a little more oil and bake in the bottom third of your oven until crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 6

Turn and bake an additional 4 - 5 minutes watching them closely, so they don't melt.

Step 7

I serve them with my marinara sauce (check the recipe below), enjoy!

Homemade Marinara Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1–2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

300 g crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce

Dried herbs (basil & oregano)

Pinch of salt

Pinch of crushed red pepper

Directions

Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, then add garlic and saute until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, herbs and salt. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Add red pepper (if using), stir and let simmer another 1 minutes. Transfer to serving dish and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Tips

Work with one cheese stick at a time. Speaking from experience, if you try to work on multiple sticks at once, it can be easy to lose track of which step you’ve done, and if you’ve done the second coating or not.

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2 comments
Rosemary Schoenly
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Jul 26, 2020 11:50 AM
Is it ok to use the string cheese sticks you can buy or better to cut your own.
Blossom Lady Rosemary Schoenlyreplied to
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Jul 27, 2020 03:47 AM
Is it ok to use the string cheese sticks you can buy or better to cut your own.
Hi Rosemary! You can use string cheese, or you can cut your own sticks of cheese from a block of mozzarella. I like to use both, string cheese ensures that the cheese sticks are all the same size and will cook at the same rate. Sometimes I just don't have any string cheese around, and cut the sticks myself.