I have seen several posts for homemade mozzarella cheesesticks using string cheese. Well sometimes that hot yummy gooey stringy goodness is too hot and hard for little ones to handle.
Plus we all know buying block cheese is always cheaper right? So I decided to try to make some little cheese bites the boys and I could enjoy for an afternoon snack.
Ingredients I used:
Some mozzarella cheese (diced into small cubes)
1/8 c plain bread crumbs
1/8 c panko crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
flour for dredging
1/2 cup Ragu spaghetti sauce
a pinch of dried oregano
non stick foil
Slice cheese about 1/2 thick, then cube, dredge in flour and place in egg bath (I did use a slotted spoon to help with this part since they were so small and I didn't want my fingers in there getting all eggy and slimy) , then transfer to the bread crumbs and cheese mix. Place on non-stick foil lined pan and bake on 350 degrees, turning once with tongs if you want the pretty golden brown color (original recipes called for spraying foil with cooking spray and I think this would help even more with the browning but I was trying to keep it as healthy as I could for the boys) Bake about a total of 7 minutes
Enjoy, just like the "big" ones, without the hot stringy cheese burning little chins. And they loved using the toothpicks like a fancy dinner party, plus, boys being boys - under close supervision we got to have a mini sword fight when we were done.
Everything needed to make the cheese cubes
about 1/2 inch in size cubed
using a slotted spoon helps keep the fingers cleaner
Ready for baking
All done in just 7 minutes
Ready for our afternoon, grown up snack