Baked Mozzarella Bites

A tasty, crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s easy to throw together; what’s not to love?

Baked Mozzarella Bites (based off of Eat Yourself Skinny and altered slightly)

  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 12 (1-ounce) sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes (for dipping)

Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

Add panko breadcrumbs to a small saucepan and toast lightly for a couple of minutes. Mix with seasoned breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl/plate.

Cut mozzarella sticks into thirds. One at a time, dip each mozzarella piece into the egg and dredge in the crumb mixture. Place each piece onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 3 minutes, until cheese is soft/cooked through (mine started to melt a bit).

Pour crushed tomatoes into a microwavable bowl and heat in a microwave (for about 1 minute). Serve with mozzarella bites.