Baked Mozzarella Bites

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Sharon123

A quick and easy, kid friendly recipe from Cooking Light magazine-August 2011.

Top Review by smellyvegetarian

These are awesome! The panko doesn't brown much, but that didn't stop four toddlers and two adults from scarfing down a triple batch! I only cut the mozza sticks in half for a more "cheese stick" look. I agree with the previous review that they do want some more spice; I added a boatload of garlic powder, basil, and oregano. Also, I chilled them after putting on the breading for several hours, as I have read that helps the sticks keep their shape while baking. Worked for me! Thanks, Sharon. What a treat!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup panko to pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and place the panko in a shallow dish.
  3. Cut mozzarella sticks into 1-inch pieces. Working with one piece at a time, dip cheese in egg substitute; dredge in panko. Place cheese on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  4. Bake at 425° for 3 minutes or until the cheese is softened and thoroughly heated.
  5. Pour the marinara sauce into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring after 30 seconds(or heat briefly in a small saucepan). Serve with mozzarella pieces.

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