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Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Kids and adults love these easy and cheesy baked sticks! You can make them in advance and keep them in the freezer. Pull them out and bake for 10 minutes and you have a tasty snack or party food!
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 sticks

Ingredients

  • 12 sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat or plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • Easy Marinara Sauce. for serving

Instructions

  1. Cut cheese sticks in half and freeze until hard, about 30 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, oregano, and garlic powder. In a separate small bowl, add the flour. In a third small bowl, add the egg and whisk well.
  3. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Dip frozen cheese sticks into the flour, shaking off any excess flour. Next, dip into the egg and then coat with the breadcrumbs mixture. Make sure you coat the cheese sticks well, including the ends. Place sticks on prepared baking sheet. When all of the sticks are coated, freeze on the sheet for at least 15 minutes, or until ready to bake. Don't skip this step! You need to freeze them before baking so they don't ooze out in the oven.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the cheese sticks in the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes, turn sticks over and bake for an additional 4-5 minutes, or until sticks are golden brown and soft. You don't want the cheese to ooze out. Serve warm with marinara sauce.
  5. Note-you can make the cheese sticks in advance, freeze them on the baking sheet until frozen solid. Transfer to a Ziploc freezer bag or freezer container. Store in the freezer until ready to bake. Will keep in the freezer for up to one month.