Homemade Mozzarella Sticks
Speaking of foods kids like, I also tried to make breaded cheese sticks like the ones Edison likes. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:
What you need
- 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese, go for the low sodium kind if you want to be extra healthy
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp of flour
- 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
- A dollop of olive oil, or cooking spray
- Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen
- Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese
- To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture
- Once all of the 24 sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this will keep cleanup to a minimum, and keep the sticks from sticking!)
- Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. They need to be watched closely so they don’t melt completely!
So I cut the mozzarella sticks and froze them for a couple of days.
And then they were ready to be coated in egg, flour and cheese/bread crumbs mix.
There was a bit of a challenge covering the sticks with egg though. In some cases the cheese sticks had curled a little, so they were hard to roll in anything. I’m not sure if that means that I froze them for too long, or what. Also, they had to be rolled in everything by hand because it just wasn’t easy to use any kind of utensils with them, so that made the job messy.
In order to better coat the sticks, I took the cheese/bread crumbs mix out of their bowl and put them in a plastic bag instead.
And then they were ready to go into the oven. I was a little worried, because the breading was a bit on the thin side.
So they baked…
Until the cheese started to ooze, and then we tried them.
Meh. Not very tasty, in fact they were quite bland. I think it would be better to put some seasoning into the breading, or to start with Italian bread crumbs, which the original recipe did not suggest, though in the picture, it looks like there may be some other seasonings on there not listed in the recipe.
I think I am finding that if you want to feed kids the kind of junk they like, it’s hard to do it in a homemade style. You can’t have it both ways.
It’s probably salt that was missing – but I wouldn’t give up in the quest for healthier foods. You’re right, it sure looks like seasonings in the coating. I think I’ll try garlic, basil, dill, and thyme in various combinations, with just a pinch of added salt. And maybe a batch with cinnamon and just a sprinkle of brown sugar (I know sugar is as bad as salt, but just a LITTLE might be all it needs 🙂 )
Yes, I would definitely add things to this recipe to give the sticks more flavor. As for salt v. sugar, hey, anything in moderation is okay, right?