Baked Mexican Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

A few weeks ago, I was adding in the thyme and oregano to my favorite homemade mozzarella sticks when it suddenly occurred to me — why are cheese sticks always made with Italian seasonings?  Mexican food includes mozzarella all the time.  Why not give this cheese stick recipe a try…Mexi-style?!?

So I did.

And I’m pretty sure that if you should too.

These turned out SO well!!!  For the Mexi twist, I added in chili powder, cumin, oregano and a pinch of cayenne in place of the traditional Italian seasonings.  And then when baked with Panko, I love that they were super crispy but not fried.  (So hey, you can enjoy them all the more!)  Finally, in place of marinara, I subbed in some of my favorite salsa.  A match made in foodie heaven.

Can’t wait to try these again soon!

Baked Mexican Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Mozzarella cheese sticks go "Mexican" in this easy, delicious and lighter recipe!

Ingredients:

12 sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup flour
5 tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup [Panko bread crumbs|http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CD3L42/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005CD3L42&linkCode=as2&tag=gimsomove-20]
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. oregano
cooking spray (I used olive oil in my [Misto|http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SPZV/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00004SPZV&linkCode=as2&tag=gimsomove-20]

Directions:

Begin by unwrapping each piece of string cheese, and then cutting them all in half. Place evenly on a plate and freeze until frozen, at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a [baking sheet|http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BCNSBY/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001BCNSBY&linkCode=as2&tag=gimsomove-20] with aluminum foil, and spray lightly with olive oil.

Set up your prep line for the cheese sticks. Fill the first bowl with the flour. Fill the second bowl with the beaten egg. Then fill the third bowl with the panko, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt and oregano, and whisk those five ingredients together until evenly mixed.

Remove the frozen pieces of string cheese, and one by one dunk each first in the flour mixture until evenly coated, then the egg, then carefully roll in the panko mixture. Be sure that all sides of the cheese are coated in breadcrumbs, then gently place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining breadcrumbs.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and just begins to seep out. Remove and serve immediately with your favorite salsa.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. little kitchie — November 15, 2012 @ 6:30 am (#)

    yum, yum, YUM!!! no doubt in my mind i’ll be giving these a go this holiday season!

  2. Sarah — November 15, 2012 @ 6:52 am (#)

    They look delish, I might make a southwestern greek yogurt dip as well with these. Thinking of these for the next family get together:)

  3. Sharon K — November 15, 2012 @ 6:54 am (#)

    These sound yummy!! However, am a bit confused . . . the list of ingredients includes 5 tbsp of Italian breadcrumbs, yet the directions do not say anything about what to do with them. I am assuming that the panko bread crumbs should be used instead of the italian breadcrumbs?

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 15, 2012 @ 6:54 am (#)

    These sound simply fabulous!

  5. Kathryn — November 15, 2012 @ 7:33 am (#)

    Such an awesome idea! I love crispy baked mozzarella sticks and I can’t wait to try this version with all those yummy Mexican flavours too!

  6. Sarah M. — November 15, 2012 @ 8:10 am (#)

    Hmmmm…I wonder if these would work with vegan mozza and egg substitute? Definitely worth trying. They look AMAZING.

  7. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — November 15, 2012 @ 8:56 am (#)

    Oh my, that’s GENIUS. The husband would devour all of these in a sitting (which is why I’ll have to make them in secret ;).

  8. Tina | My Life as a Mrs — November 15, 2012 @ 9:03 am (#)

    These sound SOOOO good! & the photos? Holy smokes! GORGEOUS :)

  9. Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 15, 2012 @ 9:17 am (#)

    Honey. Child. Yes.

  10. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 15, 2012 @ 9:27 am (#)

    oh yum! Mexican food is the favorite in this house! These sound SO GOOD! We’ll definitely have to give them a try!

  11. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — November 15, 2012 @ 10:07 am (#)

    These look delicious! I’ll take mozzarella in basically any form. I’ve considered injecting it, so I can get my fix even faster.

  12. Riley — November 15, 2012 @ 10:22 am (#)

    Mexican food and cheese – two of my favorite things!

  13. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 15, 2012 @ 11:39 am (#)

    I am so gonna try these out! Love me some cheese :)

  14. Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 15, 2012 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    Y.E.S. Why have I never thought of this! Perfect!

  15. summer — November 15, 2012 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    Yummy, yummy YUMMY!!!! 8D

    xo
    summer

  16. LIz Stevens — November 15, 2012 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    Yum! Don’t show Tanner these! He will have a new addiction :)

  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 16, 2012 @ 12:36 am (#)

    This is the best idea for a mozzarella stick I think I have ever seen!!

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 16, 2012 @ 12:43 am (#)

    Yum, what a great appetizer!

  19. marla — November 16, 2012 @ 7:50 am (#)

    These cheese sticks look out of this world great!

  20. sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 16, 2012 @ 8:35 am (#)

    Not sure how you manage to make breaded cheese look INSANELY gorgeous but you did. Geez Ali. you are so talented. And now I want a cheese stick with my coffee!!!

  21. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 16, 2012 @ 8:38 am (#)

    Brilliant! I love spicy food so why didn’t this ever occur to me?!

  22. Kelly — November 16, 2012 @ 10:48 am (#)

    Breaded mozzarella…breaded asadero…breaded colby cheddar…breaded monterey jack…breaded colby jack…breaded pepper jack…bread ALL the cheeses!

  23. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 16, 2012 @ 2:02 pm (#)

    Definitely loving this mexican touch!

  24. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 21, 2012 @ 3:15 pm (#)

    These pictures are incredible! The red is so unbelievably awesome. I love how it just jumps out at you! And I love mozzarella sticks. Can’t wait to try the baked kind. :)

  25. aimee @ ShugarySweets — January 12, 2013 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    These photos are incredible. And this snack is right up our alley. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Karen Calvin — January 24, 2013 @ 5:39 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to make these….Thank-You. For sharing this recipe…… you are my new BFF!

  27. Laura — July 8, 2013 @ 9:19 pm (#)

    Hi! Of course I just found this recipe on Pinterest ;) And was wondering the answer to what someone else already asked…the recipe lists the Italian breadcrumbs & the Panko but doesn’t say what to do with the Italian breadcrumbs in the instructions…could you clarify? Thanks! They look fabulous!

  28. Pamela Baker — December 8, 2013 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    What a great idea for a healthier cheese snack! Really like that they are baked, not fried. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

  29. Jenn @TheRebelChick — April 15, 2014 @ 7:31 am (#)

    I’ve tried making mozzarella sticks this way before but not using this exact recipe. It’s never worked for me, probably because I didn’t use egg! :)

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