Baked Mozzarella Sticks

by in Robin's Healthy Take, June 25, 2012

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Since most Americans dine out more than four times each week, we’re only in complete control of what we eat less than half of the time. In an ideal world, we’d know exactly what we’re consuming both at home and out — right? Consider one of America’s favorite appetizers, fried mozzarella, and read the stats:

Restaurant Fried Mozzarella Sticks
Nutrition Info Per Serving (range in numbers reflects different restaurants)
Calories: 660-770
Total Fat: 35-46 grams
Saturated Fat: 15-24 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 54 grams
Sugars: not listed
Protein: 32-36 grams
Sodium: 1510-2040 milligrams
Cholesterol: not listed
Fiber: 1-7 grams

And it’s usually eaten as a starter, even though it maxes out your fat and sodium intake for the entire day. For those days when you’re home but want a restaurant-style treat, I’ve got the perfect solution. My baked mozzarella sticks have less than half the calories and 1/3 the fat and sodium of their restaurant counterparts. Even better – they boast the same herb-infused, crispy exterior and soft gooey cheese center. Try ‘em this week and let me know what you think!

Baked Mozzarella Sticks
I’ve also made the sticks with the swirled cheese sticks – mozzarella and cheddar. I like to serve these mozzarella sticks with a good marinara sauce that I’ve warmed in the microwave.

Note: I refrigerate the breaded cheese sticks for 10 minutes before baking to make sure the cheese doesn’t over-melt in the oven. You can actually refrigerate the breaded cheese sticks for up to 24 hours (meaning you can prep ahead).

Cooking spray
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup Italian style dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt-free Italian seasoning
3/4 cup nonfat milk
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
16 (1-ounce) sticks low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese, halved crosswise

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray.

Combine panko, bread crumbs and Italian seasoning in a food processor and process until finely ground. Transfer mixture to a shallow dish.

In a separate shallow dish, whisk together milk and 2 tablespoons of the flour. Place remaining 1/2 cup of flour in a large freezer bag.

Add cheese sticks to the bag with the flour and shake to coat. Working in batches, dip the flour-coated cheese sticks into the milk mixture and then into the panko mixture. Arrange cheese, in a single layer, on prepared baking sheets. Spray the surface with cooking spray. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

Bake 8-10 minutes, until crust is golden brown and cheese is soft.

Serves 8

Nutrition Info Per Serving (serving size: 4 pieces)
Calories: 248
Total Fat: 11 grams
Saturated Fat: 7 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 17 grams
Sugars: 2 grams
Protein: 18 grams
Sodium: 451 milligrams
Cholesterol: 31 milligrams
Fiber: 1 gram

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  1. karahitch1 says:

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  2. Rab says:

    Made these for supper they tasted good but they melted and in now way looked like they do on the page.

  3. allokago says:

    We made these for dinner tonight, and they were awful. They started melting like crazy 6 minutes into the cooking time, even though we refrigerated them 2.5 hours before cooking. The breadcrumb topping never got the chance to brown before they started melting, so it was just like eating cheese rolled in breadcrumbs. There was no crunch to it at all. Once they started cooling the cheese seemed to lose its flavor, so then it was like eating breadcrumbs wrapped around a tasteless melted blob.

    I know this is "healthier" so obviously we expected some sacrifices, but I think I'd rather go with the regular kind in moderation–a few times a year–than eat these again. Ugh.

    • robin says:

      I wonder what happened! Sorry about that. Maybe it was the brand of cheese? Hate when people aren't happy – as you can tell!

  4. Kasie says:

    We made these last night and they melted like crazy as well. We ended up with cheese foil.

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