Baked Mozzarella Sticks for #AppetizerWeek

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Welcome to Day #4 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs so you do not want to miss one single day. Follow #AppetizerWeek on Twitter to keep up to date with all our amazing recipes and giveaways!

Baked Mozzarella Sticks Appetizer

I love fried food as long as I am not the one doing the frying. I’ve done it before and I’ll totally do it again if I need to, but it isn’t my favorite thing to do. My favorite way to prepare food is to BAKE IT! Especially when I am preparing a lot of food at once. Watching over my frying pot and managing that whilst prepping other apps for the Big Game is not my idea of a good time so I decided to add these Baked Mozzarella Sticks to the Appetizer Week menu. :)

Mozzarella sticks ready to bake!

I love the melty and smooth mozzarella inside of a crispy, savory exterior and this one makes my eyes widen with excitement every time.

These don’t take long to prepare either and I love that. This is another thing that can totally be delegated to one of your friends coming over to watch the Seahawks beat the Broncos Big Game. After all if you want to eat you need to help, right? :)

Mozzarella Sticks with escaped cheese
The idea of coating the cheese twice doesn’t bother me but do make sure to coat every inch of the cheese if you can.

One of the pains of frying cheese sticks (at least in my experience) is the cheese leaking out of the breading and making a mess within the frying pot. It doesn’t happen every time but all it takes is one and oh what a mess!

During the baking process, some cheese did leak out of some of these sticks, but I didn’t fret. Well, I did for a moment but I got over it and I did what I always do. We always take great care to coat the cheese in all stages but for us, this happens. (see photo)

Let the mozzarella sticks cool for a few minutes and just cut away the escaped cheese. That’s what I did with some of the sticks in the photo at the top and you can’t even tell. The kids and my other half were totally willing to “discard the evidence” since melted cheese is a delicacy around here. So if the cheese leaks out, don’t even worry. Just do your best to coat it, bake it and enjoy!

Do you have a “secret” for containing the cheese when you make mozzarella sticks?

 
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Baked Mozzarella Sticks Appetizer

Below you will find the recipe that my family uses for Baked Mozzarella Sticks. We adapted our version from this recipe here. Feel free to check it out and put your own spin on it! I hope you are having a good week.

Baked Mozzarella Sticks
 
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We love mozzarella sticks at our house and it can be really helpful to bake them when we are prepping other appetizers for game day! These cheese sticks are delicious and the Italian seasoning adds some exciting flavor. This recipe can make 12 sticks.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients
  • 4 cups of corn flake cereal
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning mix
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. finely ground sea salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 egg whites, whipped with a fork
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese cut into 12 sticks

Instructions
  1. Measure cereal into a large, thick zippy bag and seal.
  2. Using a rolling pin, pound that bag silly until the cereal is crushed into small crumbs.
  3. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to the cereal crumbs in the bag. Reseal and toss the bag to mix the spices.
  4. Empty contents of the bag onto a large flat plate.
  5. Measure flour onto a plate.
  6. Add egg whites and water to a bowl and whisk with a fork.
  7. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and get out a cookie sheet but do not grease it.
  8. One at a time, coat the mozzarella sticks in flour, egg wash and then the dry mixture. Repeat with the same cheese stick. Each stick will need to be coated twice and take care to also coat the ends as well.
  9. Arrange on a baking sheet so that they are evenly spaced.
  10. Bake for 7 minutes or until the coating is a nice golden brown color.
  11. If some of the cheese melts and starts to escape from the breading, just let the sticks cool slightly and trim off the melted cheese.
  12. Enjoy!

  1. KellieKellie01-23-2014

    My favorite spice is cumin

  2. Lauren Fehrs FlanaganLauren Fehrs Flanagan01-25-2014

    My favorite is cinnamon!

  3. Olga TsygankovaOlga Tsygankova01-26-2014

    When you fry them, the secret is very simple – the oil has to be hot enough for them to fry instantly. You just fry them for about 20-30 seconds each side and they don't leak. If the oil isn't hot enough, you fry them for too long, and they leak. I don't know about the oven, but I guess the same principle applies.

    • Dionne BaldwinDionne Baldwin01-27-2014

      Thank you for the frying tip, Olga! Now I want to give it a try. Sadly I am not so good at frying things. That totally makes sense. Once the outside is fried, it almost seals it and the short time doesn’t give them a chance to leak, right?

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