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Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Soft and stringy cheese is baked to perfection inside a crispy crust and then dipped in pizza sauce.

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 12 sticks mozzarella {cut in half}
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 eggs {whisked with 1 tsp water}
  • 1 cup Italian panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

pizza sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Place cheese stick halves in a single layer onto a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet and freeze for at least 15 minutes.  When ready to bake preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Fill three bowls, 1-with flour, 2-with eggs and 3-panko with seasonings {I like to put the three bowls onto a cookie sheet for easy cleanup}.  Working 1 stick at a time.  Dip cheese stick into flour and shake off any excess, move to egg mixture and then to panko.  Roll and pat to coat cheese stick with panko and place onto a baking sheet that has been prepared by covering it with aluminum foil and spraying with non-stick spray.  Repeat until all of the sticks have been coated.  Place back into the freezer for 15 minutes.  Remove from freezer, spray tops of cheese sticks with non-stick spray and bake for 8-9 minutes or until cheese is heated and crumbs are golden brown.  Let them set for 2-3 minutes before serving with warm pizza sauce.

Recipe Notes

*Prepare cheese sticks to just before baking and freeze them.  When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 8-9 minutes.