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Baked Mozzarella Sticks and Whole Grain Breadsticks

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.