Baked Ranch Mozzarella Sticks are a fun appetizer to bring to life in your own kitchen! A breading made up of Ranch seasonings, bread crumbs and spices completely coats creamy mozzarella sticks. Baked instead of fried, these mozzarella sticks are a flavorful, healthier version of this classic appetizer!
How to Make Homemade Mozzarella Sticks
First off, making homemade mozzarella sticks that are baked instead of fried do require a small amount of time commitment. Not during the process of cooking them (that goes by pretty quick!), but in freezer time. Keep in mind that these mozzarella sticks will need a good 4+ hours in the freezer so that they don’t turn into a big blob of melted cheese in the oven. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience here haha!
Pro tip: since you’re already making them and freezing them, make a double batch! That way you can bag and freeze one of the batches after it sets to have on hand for later!
Other than a little freezer time, here is what you will need to know to make this crunchy appetizer at home:
Mozzarella Stick Breading
The key ingredient to this breading: Ranch seasoning mix! Yep, that’s right! That is where alllll the wonderful Ranch flavor is going to come from. Besides Ranch seasoning mix, you will need bread crumbs and seasoned salt.
To coat the mozzarella sticks, simply dredge each one into the egg wash, then coat completely in the prepared breading. Repeat if you want extra thick breading!
Transfer each prepared mozzarella stick to baking sheet lined with foil that has been lightly greased.
How to Serve the Mozzarella Sticks
Once these beauties come out from the oven, you’re going to want to dig in right away! You don’t want to miss out on the gooey, stringy cheese goodness!
I love to serve mine with the classic marinara sauce, and then, of course, Ranch dressing! You can’t have Baked Ranch Mozzarella Sticks without a little Ranch dressing itself. That would just be criminal. Dipping from the marinara sauce to the Ranch dressing in one bite is totally worth it too!
I love how fun and rewarding these mozzarella sticks are. Not only do they make for a perfect appetizer, but how great would they be for an after-school snack or afternoon treat?! Count me in!
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