Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside, plus these baked mozzarella sticks are gluten free!
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Baked Mozzarella Sticks
I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like mozzarella sticks. It was one of the hardest things for me to give up when I went gluten free. They were my go-to appetizer whenever we went out. I’m pretty sure they were the last thing that I ate before giving up gluten for life.
Once diagnosed with Celiac Disease I pretty much figured I would never eat one again. I knew I could make them, but it just seemed like a hassle. Mozzarella sticks are one of those things that when you want one, you don’t want to make a mess of the whole kitchen, you just want to eat them.
Fortunately, through some trial and error, I figured out a way to not only make them without having to fry anything, but also make them so you can just pull a few out of the freezer whenever you want!
Tips and Tricks
There are a couple of tricks to making amazing gluten free baked mozzarella sticks.
4 Step Breading Technique
Usually, I use a traditional 3 step breading technique when making fried or oven fried foods, but I found that four steps worked much better. For these baked mozzarella sticks I did an egg, seasoned flour, egg, seasoned bread crumbs.
Season all the way
I used some of Gus’s Gluten Free Fry Mix that I had left from when I made Fried Chicken and Waffles. It has a lot of flavor and is a little spicy, but regular gluten free all purpose flour that is seasoned well with salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic powder works well. For the breadcrumbs, I added a salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
The trick is to taste the gluten free breadcrumbs and flour before you start your dredging process. They need to be almost over seasoned to give really good flavor.
To keep the cheese from melting before the bread crumbs have a chance to crisp up, the mozzarella sticks have to be frozen. The great part about this is that you can just freeze them until your ready to use them and then just pull out what you want. If you have one of those cool FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer machines, you could make a whole bunch and freeze them in smaller portions. I don’t have one yet, but hopefully soon!
These are super easy to bake. All you need is your favorite cooking spray or one of those fancy bottles where you make your own oil spray. Spray the pan, place the mozzarella sticks, spray on top of them. After they have cooked for 5 minutes flip them and respray and cook 2-3 more minutes. Watch to make sure the cheese doesn’t start oozing out.
Enjoy these easy gluten free baked mozzarella sticks!
What was (or would be) the hardest thing for you to give up going gluten free?