If you are are like me, a mom of a growing toddler, your fridge is most likely loaded with various kinds of cheese sticks or string cheese.
Little G is a HUGE fan of cheese, all kinds of cheese: Parmesan, cheddar, mozzarella, cheese sticks, etc. I never run out of cheese in my fridge.
One of the easiest things that I packed for his afternoon snack at school is these amazing baked mozzarella cheese sticks.
Generally coated with beaten egg, Japanese panko (or bread crumbs) and baked to golden perfection, these cheese sticks are amazing and little G can’t get enough of them.
More importantly, they are so easy to make with very easy-to-get ingredients. Just dip the cheese sticks into the beaten egg, roll the cheese sticks generously with Japanese panko or bread crumbs, bake them in the oven and they are done.
They can be eaten as is or you may get some bottled marinara sauce as a dipping sauce. I usually do without the sauce as they are just as delicious as is. Make a big batch as both grown-ups and kids are going to gobble them up in no time!
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Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks Recipe
Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks - crispy cheese sticks coated with Japanese panko and baked to golden perfection. Easy peasy recipe that everyone loves!
- 1 package reduced-fat mozzarella string cheese (12 oz)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 8 tablespoons Japanese panko or bread scrumbs
- 1/2 cup prepared marinara sauce, warmed (optional)
Position rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Remove the mozzarella cheese from the packaging and set aside. In small non-stick skillet, mix Italian seasoning with panko and place over medium heat. Cook and stir bread crumbs until lightly browned.
Dip each string cheese in the egg until coated and then into the toasted panko, coat evenly. Redip the string cheese in egg and again into the panko. Place on baking sheet. Repeat until everything is used up.
Bake 5-6 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Cheese may melt slightly and loose shape. Simply press it back into place.