Mozzarella Sticks

No matter how you feel about football the sport, I think we can all unite around football the culinary genre. Now that football season has arrived, I have a recipe for you that’s part classic game day, part nostalgic childhood comfort food, and entirely delicious: homemade baked Mozzarella Sticks.

Easy baked mozzarella sticks. Gooey mozzarella cheese, golden bread crumb crust, baked to perfection! Great for appetizers, snacks, and game day parties! #appetizers

If your childhood sleepovers (or late night college festivities) were anything like mine, you likely remember mozzarella sticks as deep fried, greasy, gooey on the outside, and crispy on the outside. I never felt particularly well after eating them, but that wasn’t the point.

Well, these are what I like to call my “grown-up, healthy mozzarella sticks.” (Well, healthy-ish anyway!)

Unlike the mozzarella sticks you’ll find in a freezer box or on a bar menu, today’s homemade version is baked, not fried.

They’re just as golden and crisp on the outside and delightfully stretchy, and cheesy on the inside as the fried kind. And, of course, they’re still ideal for dunking in your favorite dipping sauce.

Childhood Erin would have opted for ranch dressing as her dip of choice. Grownup Erin prefers her mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce…though if you passed her a plate of them with ranch dressing at a football party, I doubt she would say no.

Homemade mozzarella sticks start with another fixture of my childhood, string cheese, which creates the ideal ultra-gooey center.

I lightly breaded the cheese with seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs, as if I were making my favorite Baked Chicken Parmesan.

These will be a hit with everyone who tries them (including you!). Let’s make BEST mozzarella sticks recipe ever.


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