Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday and time to try a new snack

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
1 egg
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
flour for dredging
1/2 cup Ragu spaghetti sauce
a pinch of dried oregano

other items:

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




Michelle said...

Yummy - I'm heading to your house for snacks :)

QuiltFrog said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing. One of my DH's favorite Saturday snack/luches. We will have to try making our own next time.

Anna K said...

Yummy! This is making me hungry!

Elise said...

Great idea to make them smaller for the little ones...Thise big ones were dangerous...Lizzy would choke on them....wish I had thought of this when she was younger!