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Recipe: Oven Fried Mozzarella Sticks


This recipe for Oven Fried Mozzarella Sticks took some trial and error to get it just right… we ate cheese puddles more than once…. but … they were tasty.. and the end result is a really perfect recipe that rivals the frozen variety … a bit healthier and so easy.. can’t ask for more than that.

TIPS

The key to success is these need to be frozen hard… I mean really frozen .. not just for a few hours. This works perfectly when serving this for a party or even the family.. do the work.. what little there is ahead.

The next biggest tip .. and this is just my opinion… don’t cheap out on the quality of the cheese stick (string cheese). I tried lower fat…then a no name brand and then finally went back to my favorite Sargento whole milk one. The lower fat ones just did not taste as good… but .. that’s a personal choice, certainly not a requirement for success.

I used Egg Beaters instead of eggs… they worked wonderfully.. and I think even better than eggs.. they seemed thicker.

These bake up quickly… 8-10 minutes.. but keep an eye on them.. I did notice that density did vary with different brands.. so baking times did vary…. so I recommend if you plan on making these for a party do a trial run or two before… I’m sure no one will complain about the taste testing… no one complained here.

These are great to have in the freezer for unexpected guests or unexpected snack attacks.

Quantities have been left off.. it all depends on how many you make… I used about ¼- ½ cup flour, 1 ¼ cups bread crumbs and 2 eggs (1/2 cup Egg Beaters) for 20 Mozzarella sticks (10 string cheese sticks cut in half).

I sprayed them liberally with cooking oil spray otherwise the breading was a bit dry.

Try these.. serve them with tomato sauce or pizza sauce…..they’re easy to make and really delicious!






Recipe: Oven Fried Mozzarella Sticks

All you need:

Mozzarella string cheese
Flour
Eggs or Egg Beaters
Seasoned bread crumbs
Olive Oil Cooking Oil Spray

All you need to do:

Cut the string cheeses in half and place in an air tight container, separating layers with waxed paper and freeze for 24 hours or at least over night. **Do not skip this step

The next day set up 3 bowls… one for the flour, one for the egg and one for the bread crumbs.

Remove the cheese from the freezer when you are ready to bread the cheese sticks.

Dredge them in flour, then egg, then the bread crumbs… put them back in the air tight container, again, separating the layers with waxed paper.

Freeze for 24 hours. **Do not skip this step

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a non-stick baking sheet or a pan covered in non-stick foil with olive oil cooking spray.

Place the frozen mozzarella sticks on the prepared baking sheet or pan. Generously spray with olive oil cooking spray.

Bake 8-10 minutes… keep in mind that yours may bake quicker or longer… depending on the oven, the cheese density and the amount of freezer time. You can check one by stabbing it if the fork goes through by the cheese is still a little firm… they’re done.

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