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Crispy, Cheesy Baked Mozzarella Sticks - Easy, simple vegetarian appetizer ready in 30 mins, so much healthier than traditional fried mozzarella sticks. Recipe from thepetitecook.com

Easy Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Course: Snack/Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Crispy, cheesy baked mozzarella sticks - Easy, simple vegetarian appetizer ready in 30 min, and so much healthier than traditional fried mozzarella sticks.
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Ingredients

  • 400 gr mozzarella block or well-drained mozzarella balls (1 lb)
  • 360 gr panko breadcrumbs (1-½ cups)
  • 240 gr all-purpose flour (1 cup)
  • 2 eggs + 2 tbsp water well beaten
  • ½ tsp paprika mild or spicy
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • spray cooking oil I use extravirgin olive oil

To serve:

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F and arrange the baking rack in the upper third of the oven.
  • Cut the mozzarella into 1-inch large sticks.
  • Arrange the mozzarella sticks on a baking tray covered with parchment paper, lightly spray them with oil, and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs together with the water. In a second bowl arrange the flour and in a third bowl mix together panko breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Dip the mozzarella sticks first in the flour, then in the egg mixture, and finally into the seasoned breadcrumbs, making sure each stick is evenly coated. You can help yourself using two spoons or chopsticks.
  • Repeat the process one more time, making sure your sticks are completely coated in breadcrumbs (this will prevent leaking while baking).
  • Arrange the mozzarella sticks on a non-stick baking tray covered with parchment paper, and spray them with a little oil on all sides.
  • Bake them for 5-7 minutes, then turn them on the other side and cook them for another 5 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Serve immediately while still hot and gooey.