Monday, August 4, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Baked Mozzarella Sticks & Link Up

 Hello friends!  Welcome to another Tasty Tuesday, I'm so glad you're here!

Today I'm sharing the perfect idea for an easy appetizer, after school snack (yep, it's time to start thinking about those again), or even a really fun tailgate/football watching food (yep, time to start thinking about that again too).  Mozzarella sticks.


These are full of flavor, with just enough crunch to the outside and gooey-ness on the inside.  I could eat a whole plate of these things easily.  Besides being downright delicious...they're pretty darn easy to make and healthy too.  Let's get started...here's what you'll need-

12 light mozzarella string cheese
1/4 cup flour
1 large egg
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs (I only had plain bread crumbs, so I throw in garlic powder, basil, and oregano and bam-Italian bread crumbs!)
2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese

Start by unwrapping and cutting all the string cheese in half, giving you 24 string cheeses.  Arrange these on a plate or cookie sheet where none of them touch and stick them in the freezer until they're nice and solid, about 30 minutes.  You cannot skip this step!!!  If you do you will take a baking sheet of melted mozzarella cheese and floating bread crumbs out of the oven.  Not good.
In 3 separate bowls prepare the following:
1st bowl- flour
2nd bowl- egg, slightly beaten
3rd bowl-bread crumbs & parmesan cheese mixture
Once the cheese sticks have frozen it's time to start the assembly line!  (Ps-if you have kids I think they'll love helping with this part!!!)  
Dip in the flour first, shake off access.
Then egg.
Then bread crumb mixture.
Then put these back on the plate and return to the freezer for about 15 minutes.  Again-do not skip this step!!!
Can we just pretend my freezer doesn't look like it does??  You can tell they had steamer veggie bags on sale can't you!

Take these out after the 15 minutes and put them on a foil lined and non-stick sprayed baking sheet.
Bake these in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes on a lower rack of your oven, flipping halfway during the cooking time.


Printable version found here!

   
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29 comments:

  1. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

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  2. I love Mozzarella Sticks and yours look delish! Thank you so much for hosting and hope you have a sweet week!

    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

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    1. I do too Heather and I love how these turned out! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. Baked mozzarella sticks...Yum! Thanks for hosting the party!!
    Julie@ Sweet and Spicy Monkey

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  4. Thank you so much for hosting.

    Madonna
    MakeMineLemon

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  5. Sweet party, thanks for hosting! Love mozzarella sticks, what a great idea! :-) Cathyu

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  6. Hello cute lady! Thanks for hosting. I'm loving it! Please come and party with us. We would be thrilled to have you. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Already linked up with you! Thanks for the invite!!

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  7. Those mozzarella sticks look fantastic. Thanks for sharing and hosting!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I loved finding a way to make a typically unhealthy fried indulgence a pretty healthy and doable snack! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. It's great to be at your party again this week - thanks for hosting.
    Those cheese sticks look AMAZING! I tried this once and it was a total disaster. I don't remember, but I certainly must have skipped the freezer parts. So, I'll give it another go (even though I said I'd never do it again - ever). Thanks for sharing your recipe and tips.
    Wishing you a beautiful week!

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    1. Karen, I'm so sorry you've had a bad round with these! I love finding ways to bake normally fried foods so I can enjoy them guilt free! Try them again with freezing them and I really think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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  9. yummy! thank you for hosting I look forward to hopping around. Hugs!

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  10. OH be still my heart! I love the mozzarella sticks! When I make them it's like make plenty of room on the plate :-)

    Thanks so much for hosting. Going to have fun pinning so many great links

    Linda

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    1. Linda, I love mozzarella sticks too and was so excited to figure out a healthy way to be able to still enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I can't wait to try the baked mozzarella sticks! Thanks for hosting the party!

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  12. Mozzarella sticks are a guilty pleasure of mine. These look so delicious. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

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  13. Thanks so much again for the feature last week! :] I've never made mozzarella sticks because they always seemed weirdly complicated to me (...). This looks very doable though, and I do happen to have a ball of mozzarella hanging out in my fridge. Maybe I can make it my weekend project! :]

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  14. This looks so good! I love this! Pinned. We truly love having you be a part of our party. I hope you will get a chance to stop by tonight at 7 pm. It's not a party without you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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