I spent most of my weekend in The Hamptons.
Ok, so I spent my weekend on the couch watching and getting hooked on Revenge.
I was able to peel myself off the couch long enough to try a new concoction in the kitchen: Baked Italian Mozzarella Sticks. The "Italian" part was a last minute addition when I realized I didn't have eggs. I also realized after I had cut the cheese sticks that I didn't have bread crumbs either. So this is what I came up with.
1. Roll the cheese in flour.
2. Dip the flour covered cheese in Italian dressing. This is where most recipes use egg...but I had none.
3. Cover cheese in crumb mixture (crushed Ritz crackers, black pepper, and a little bit of Italian seasoning). This is where most recipes call for bread crumbs. I didn't have those either.
Lay them out on a baking sheet and pop them in the freezer. They need to freeze for at least 15 minutes for the breading to stick and so the cheese won't become a melty mess in the oven. Cook for roughly 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
What I would change next time: The Italian dressing gave a good flavor but was a little over-powering--next time I will try cutting it with half milk or water. I got impatient and didn't let them freeze long enough--the cheese should be frozen before trying to cook them.
For the most part, I was pretty happy with the result. Let me know if you try it or if you have a good mozz stick recipe!!