Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Circle B Kitchen
I found that the secret to making good mozzarella sticks is to freeze them before baking, so be sure to allow enough time in your planning for them to spend an hour in the freezer. And since we’re lacking the flavor of fried crispiness, make sure your marinara sauce is super flavorful! I’ve included a link to my recipe below.
1 ¼ cups panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup flour
1 12-oz package mozzarella sticks, cut in half
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (I used my Tuscan Herb Salt)
1 cup marinara sauce
Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the breadcrumbs in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat and stir until golden brown. Remove to a plate. Stir in the Italian seasoning.
Beat together the eggs and milk in a shallow bowl.
Place the flour in a separate bowl.
Dip each cheese stick in the flour and until the cheese is coated really well. Then dip in the egg mixture to coat and then into the breadcrumbs, turning to cover completely. Place on the prepared baking sheet and continue with the rest of the mozzarella sticks.
Place the baking sheet into the freezer for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the cheese sticks from the freezer and spray them with a little nonstick cooking spray and then bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let sit 3 to 5 minutes before serving.
Note: To increase the crispiness factor, you can re-dip the mozzarella sticks in the egg and then again in the breadcrumbs before baking.