Are you tired of digging through the snack cabinet and hearing your kids complain about how there’s nothing to eat? Hmm. Maybe that’s just in my house. My sons could be looking right at a full snack cabinet and if they’ve eaten the snack before, it’s automatically ruled out.
I definitely have the answer. They’re warm, cheesy, easy, filling and healthier than the alternative.
Baked Mozzarella Sticks
* Make sure you freeze the string cheese for a little before dipping. This helps prevent completely melted cheese sticks after baking!*
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 Italian-style bread crumbs
Two (2) eggs, beaten (or dip into milk if you’d prefer)
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (this is optional – I didn’t use flour when baking mine).
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 (optional), the bowl of beaten eggs (or milk), and the bowl of bread crumbs.
Roll each cheese stick into the flour, then dip into the egg, and then finally coat with the seasoned bread crumbs.
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 another five minutes, but keep an eye on them so they don’t melt in the pan.
Remove from the oven and enjoy with your marinara dipping sauce while they are still warm!
Thoughts, comments, questions? Email me, JennKaysen@gmail.com
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