Jun 102012
 

“I wish my stove came with Save As button like word has. That way I could experiment my cooking and not fear ruining my dinner.” -Jarod Kintz.
Don’t we all? I would go one step ahead and wish my oven can listen to me and bake my recipes and deliver the result the way I had imagined. If not go to that extent of being a gene, the least my oven could have done was to stop my cheese bites from becoming a puddle. This recipe has not once but twice failed me from retaining its shape. I wanted to get a crispy baked cheese bites but have consistently ended up with a puddle. This time I didn’t want to stand in front of my kids sheepishly explaining my mishap so grabbed a toothpick and rolled the puddles. It was a super hit and I’ve concluded that presentation is all that matters to my kids. With raving reviews and promises to make more of these finger foods they quickly disappeared from the plate with a side of marinara sauce.

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Very simple to make, this recipe taken from here wears different hats from being a perfect after school snack to “mommy, boring!!! Can I have something to eat” snack, to a perfect party pleaser or a side for pasta or pizza.

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If you do plan to bake these, try and see if the notes help you get a perfect baked cheese bites and do share your experiences, would love to hear from you.

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Ingredients:

Mozarella cheese sticks — 3

Italian bread crumbs — 1/4 cup (I just made some fresh bread crumbs)

Parmesan cheese — 1/4 cup (I used Mexican blend shredded cheese)

Garlic salt — 1/4 tsp

Milk — as needed for coating the chesse (I used Greek yogurt for coating)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the cheese sticks in to small bites. Mix the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic salt in a small bowl. Have milk/yogurt in another shallow bowl, dip each cheese bites in milk/yogurt and coat the cheese evenly, dip on to the bread-cheese mixture and place it on the prepared baking sheet.

2. Bake for 5-10 minutes until the cheese bites browns. Mine turned to puddle as you all know and if your does, roll them in a toothpick immediately after removing from oven. Serve with marinara sauce and Enjoy!!!

Notes:

1. Try using fat free cheese sticks(not part skim), I’m yet to try that option.

2. Try to freeze your cheese sticks few hours before making this recipe.

3. Try using Italian bread crumbs (I need to try this option too).

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  16 Responses to “Cheese Stick or Cheese In a Stick?”

  1. Your cheese sticks rock Jayanthi, wat a fabulous starter or snacks,am loving it.

  2. I love mozzarella sticks – haven’t had them in many years – loove the quote and I totally agree –

  3. Yummy n tempting snack…great recipe dear!
    We don’t like cheese but my kids love cheese a Lot,n am sure they love this cheese sticks too 🙂

  4. Thanks Mireille & Sangee.

  5. You did manage to reshape the puddle of cheese into sticks.. 🙂 I would not have know these cheese sticks were reshaped if I hadn’t read the post.

  6. very innovative thinking 🙂

  7. hahah..that’s a fast thinking..yes presenting it differently and saying it’s just for them, kids love the dish..:)..love anything with cheese..

  8. I love all the ingredients that have gone into the making of this.

  9. If presented this way even adults will be tempted to gobble up the goddies before the children can have their share :).Looks yum…

  10. looks so tempting….

  11. indeed so many features from my lappy that i want my stove or oven to have…one day….:) the sticks look amazing

  12. OMG aperfect starter in party menu looks mouth watering…:)

  13. very nice!!!

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