One of my favorite appetizers is deep fried mozzarella sticks, however I don’t love all the calories that come with them.
This baked version is easy to make at home and helps cut down on calories, while you still get to enjoy all that cheesy flavor.
how could I make these healthier?
If you are looking to make these Mozzarella Cheese Sticks a little more healthy, there is definitely a main ingredient you could switch out.
This recipe calls for all purpose flour. However, you could also use whole wheat flour for this recipe.
It also calls for bread crumbs, but you could also easily replace these with whole wheat bread crumbs as well.
They are both great alternatives, that you won’t be able to taste very well.
If you do add your own whole wheat bread crumbs, be sure to season them with Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic salt.
what could i dip these in?
I am all about dipping my food. I love all the sauces and flavors, especially when it comes to dipping my mozzarella cheese sticks.
Here are a few of my favorite dipping recommendations:
You could also try dipping it in any of your other favorite sauces. I prefer to dip mine in ranch and barbecue sauce combined. Don’t be grossed out until you try it. It is absolutely delicious.
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Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks Recipe
- 12 sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
- ¼ cup Italian breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup Panko Bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- ⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- Cut cheese sticks in half and freeze until hard, about 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, parsley, basil, oregano, and garlic powder.
- In a separate bowl, add the flour.
- In a third bowl, add the egg and whisk well.
- Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Dip frozen cheese sticks into the flour, shaking off any excess flour.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve warm with marinara sauce or ranch.
You can make the cheese sticks in advance, freeze them on the baking sheet until frozen solid. Transfer to a Ziploc freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready to bake. These will keep in the freezer for up to one month.
- shallow dish (3)
- Baking Sheet
Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod