Baked Mozzarella Sticks and Bread Sticks

A double-dipper-dinner: Baked mozzarella sticks and bread sticks make a meal no time – especially if you have leftover pizza dough. (Or make no-yeast dough with this 5-minute recipe.)

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Leftovers: It’s what’s for dinner.

Several years ago, that was the slogan at my house. My husband didn’t mind them; and neither did my two little girls. Leftover spaghetti sauce and noodles was A-okay. But nowadays, I have more kids at my dinner table and they’re older: Four kids ages 2, 4, 7, 10 plus my husband. Including myself, that makes a total of six. Thus, there are rarely leftovers.

Unless I plan for leftovers. Now it’s more like: ‘Planned-overs‘ or ‘Cook once. Eat twice.‘ Or “Two for One.” That’s this month’s theme for The Recipe ReDux.

And I’m giddy for it! I can’t wait to have a whole ‘cookbook’ of recipes with BONUS benefits. Like borrowed time – I can shop for and make one recipe and have dinner for two nights. The true definition of #Winning.

I’ll be bookmarking, pinning, sharing and actually cooking from all of this month’s ReDux posts for months to come.

how to make homemade baked mozzarella sticks

For this fun double-dipper-dinner, I used this recipe for my Homemade Pizza Dough and made a double batch. On night #1, dinner was our favorite Sriracha Chicken & Pineapple Pizza. And on night #2, the second batch of dough became these amazingly quick, no-yeast breadsticks.

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To make it a meal – actually it was a fun birthday dinner for my eldest – I also created a Mozzarella Sticks recipe. I used a ‘flax-egg‘ to help the Panko bread crumbs stick. Talk about a kid-pleasing, dietitian-approved-dinner:

  • Antioxidant– and lycopene-rich marinara sauce (I used low-sodium)
  • Whole-grain flour in the breadsticks
  • Calcium-rich cheese – in a portion-controlled package (by halving the cheese sticks)

So go ahead: Double dip!

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Baked Mozzarella Sticks and Whole Grain Breadsticks

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Double-dip dinner: Baked Mozzarella Sticks + bread sticks = A Meal in Minutes

  • Author: by Serena Ball, RD
  • Yield: 16 cheese sticks + 10 breadsticks 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1/3 milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (or just use plain milk to help crumbs stick)
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed between fingers
  • 8 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • FOR BREADSTICKS:
  • 1 recipe for Pizza Dough
  • Cornmeal

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix together milk and flax seed; let set for 5 minutes.
  3. In another shallow bowl or large plate, mix together breadcrumbs, garlic powder and oregano.
  4. Slice each cheese stick in half length-wise. Place about 4 cheese stick halves in flax seed mixture and submerge, pick up up one stick and let excess mixture drip off; dredge in breadcrumb mixture and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cheese stick halves. Then place baking sheet of cheese sticks in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove sheet from freezer, spray cheese sticks lightly with non-stick cooking spray and bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 7 minutes. Remove to check if warmed through. Do not overbake or cheese sticks will turn into a puddle of molten cheese – still delicious, but not a cheese ‘stick.’ Optional: Broil sticks for a few seconds to produce a golden color.
  6. While cheese sticks are in freezer, (and after Pizza Dough has rest 15 minutes) divide pizza dough into 10 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope 8 inches long. Place on an ungreased baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Sprinkle each breadstick with a bit of cornmeal. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven, about 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown.

Notes

If you have a convection oven, bake cheese sticks and bread sticks at the same time. If not, you can still try baking at the same time, just rotate pans half-way through backing times.

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