I found this recipe on Pinterest and knew immediately that I had to try it! Last night Connor & I made Baked Mozzarella Sticks and they were amazing! The original recipe refers to them as healthy. I don't think I would call these healthy but they are definitely a low calorie option to the fried restaurant or frozen versions. Connor & I calculated that they are approximately 45 calories each and that includes the marinara sauce for dipping (calories may vary depending on the type, brand & amount of ingredients used).
Baked Mozzarella Sticks
- 12 Sticks of String Cheese
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
- Cooking Spray
First, cut the cheese sticks in half and then place them in the freezer until they are frozen solid (4-6 hours). I made the mistake of freezing them first and then trying to cut them. It would have been a lot easier if I cut them first.
Next, I set out 2 plates, 1 bowl and I covered a baking sheet with aluminum foil which I sprayed with cooking spray (this was for easy clean-up). I put the frozen cheese sticks first, then a plate with flour, the bowl with the egg (lightly beaten) and finally the second plate with the bread crumbs & parmesan cheese mixed together.
Roll each cheese stick in the flour, then the egg and finally the bread crumb mixture and place them on the baking sheet.
Bake them in a 400 degree oven for 4 minutes then gently turn them over and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Watch them very closely in the oven. You do not want the cheese to ooze out and baking times can vary with different ovens.
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