I love appetizers, but I am pretty selective when I order them from a menu as most of those items are usually heavily deep fried. Honestly though, who can resist cheesy Mozzarella Sticks! This is a great recipe for an easy appetizer or a healthy snack for kids! In this recipe we are using our Tuscan Herb & Garlic Bread Dipping Blend. I use the Panko bread crumbs, and I chop them to a finer consistency so they adhere to the cheese slices better. I came up with this healthier version of the traditional restaurant favorite; as these are baked and not deep fried. I don’t miss the crispiness here! You taste the “infusion of flavor” in the seasoning, and the richness from using real cheese. Serve with our super flavorful Marinara Sauce.
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
• 1 Lb. Package of Mozzarella cheese
• 1/4 C. flour
• 1 egg beaten
• 2 T. milk
• 1 C. Panko bread crumbs finely chopped in food processor
• 1 ½ T. Tuscan Herb & Garlic Bread Dipping Blend
In a shallow bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. Cut the block of cheese into slices that are 3/8 of an inch thick.
You can use a food processor or the back of a meat tenderizer to chop the bread crumbs to a finer consistency.
Mix the Tuscan Herb & Garlic Blend in with the Panko bread crumbs. Next, set up a dredging station by placing flour and bread crumbs into a shallow plate.
Dip the cheese slices in the flour and coat well.
Then dip in the egg mixture
and then into the bread crumbs, turning to cover completely. Press crumbs firmly onto the slices.
Place the cheese slices onto a baking sheet sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray. Place the sheet into the freezer for 30 minutes. This prevents the slices from melting too quickly and allows for a little browning on top. Remove from the freezer and lightly spray tops with an olive oil cooking spray. Bake at 250 to 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with The Zesty Moose prepared Marinara Sauce, ranch dressing or your choice of dipper.
Serves 4 (16 Slices)
Total Time: 1 Hr. 10 Min.
Cook Time: 20 Min.
Prep Time: 50 Min. (includes 30 Min. freeze time)