I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love ordering fried mozzarella sticks. They’re crunchy, cheesy, and usually paired with an awesome dipping sauce. Did you know that these baked mozzarella sticks are just as amazing as what you’ll find in a restaurant? And they'll definitely satisfy your craving for something crunchy, but GOOD NEWS — if the name didn't already give it away, they’re baked!
If these were fried, they’d be in hot oil for only a few minutes, and much less healthier. But because we’re baking them, you have to keep them in the oven just a couple minutes longer. Although these mozzarella sticks take less than 10 minutes to bake, remember to factor in the time for these to sit in the freezer for at least 2 hours before baking. If you don’t, the cheese will melt all over your baking sheet. And that would be sad.
But that also means that these can be made ahead of thyme time. Whether you are making this for a large group or solo, these perfect appetizers are freezer-friendly! So even if you are making these for no one but yourself, follow the recipe and make the full 24 pieces. You can freeze the unbaked cheese sticks and throw them in the oven whenever you want! I can’t wait to make these again!
You can also switch up the flavours in the breadcrumbs to totally revamp this recipe whenever you are looking for a bit of a change. Season the panko breadcrumbs with any fresh or dried herbs, but I personally think oregano or Italian seasoning is the way to go (you’re basically seasoning these the same way you would a pizza, which is why they’re so delicious dipped into marinara!).
Get creative and enjoy!