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Baked Mozzarella Bites

No frying necessary! A classic appetizer lightened up by baking. These mozzarella bites come together with just a few simple ingredients.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword baked mozzarella sticks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freezing time 1 hour
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 146 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb block mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • ½ cup marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Cut mozzarella into 1-inch pieces. Freeze on a baking sheet for 45 minutes.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  3. Place flour in a second shallow bowl and eggs in a third shallow bowl.
  4. Dip each frozen piece of cheese first into the flour, then into the eggs, and finally into the panko breadcrumb mixture making sure each step fully coats the cheese. Repeat for all cheese bits.
  5. Place coated cheese pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 15 more minutes
  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  7. Just before baking, spray frozen cheese bits thoroughly with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving with marinara sauce for dipping.

Recipe Notes

Make sure your cheese is completely frozen before baking. This will ensure that the bites hold together. 

Nutrition Facts
Baked Mozzarella Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 stick)
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 313mg13%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 340IU7%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 201mg20%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.