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Friday, January 27, 2017

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Adapted from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes

8 pieces of string cheese**
1 T flour
1 egg, lightly beaten + 1 tsp. milk
4 T Panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. dried parsley or Italian seasoning
Olive oil

Unwrap the string cheese and cut each piece of cheese in half.
**I used 4 pieces of string cheese and gave a the recipe a try using mozzarella cheese that I cut about the width of a piece of string cheese.
Lightly spray a cookie sheet with olive oil cooking spray.

Prepare three bowls or small plates with the following ingredients:

(1) 1 T flour, (2) 1 egg + 1 tsp. milk, and (3) 4 T Panko Bread Crumbs + seasoning

Drop the cheese stick into the flour and roll around to coat.
Then, using a toothpick, transfer the cheese to the egg dish.  Dip into the egg.
Finally, roll the egg-coated cheese stick into the bread crumb mixture.
Place onto the prepared cookie sheet.  Then, repeat with all the rest until complete.
Then, freeze the cheese sticks for 30-45 minutes.  The goal here is to get the cheese to freeze solid so that it doesn’t ooze out in the oven.  Your freeze-time may vary.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Remove the tray from the freezer and then spray the tops of the cheese sticks with olive oil.  Bake for 4 minutes.  Remove tray from the oven and flip the cheese sticks over.  Spray lightly again with olive oil and return to the oven for 3-4 minutes.

Remove the cheese sticks from the oven and transfer immediately to a cool plate.

To make in advance and freeze – bake the cheese sticks for the first 4 minutes.  Then cool on a plate and place in a freezer-friendly bag.  Freeze until ready to use.  Then, bake 4-6 minutes to reheat.

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