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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*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 313mg 13%
Potassium 79mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 6.8%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 20.1%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.