Baked Mozzarella Bites

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Hot cheesy mozzarella bites. And even lactose-deprived individuals like myself like to pull apart these delicious snacks.

What helps? Soy cheese sticks. But of course, you don’t have to use cheese sticks. You can use just about any cheese or imitation cheese you like, just get it in stick form.

Or come to think of it, cheese curds would work great, too. Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

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2 T Panko crumbs

hefty dash of dried basil

olive oil cooking spray

Directions

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a pan, set aside.

-While waiting for oven to preheat, cut sticks into small cubes or balls. Toss in a bowl.

-Spray bites with cooking spray, too–somewhat heavily. Now sprinkle your Panko over the top. Toss around ’til well covered. Sprinkle basil on top.SAM_5472

-Place on pan and bake for about 8-9 minutes or until warm, gooey, and golden brown.

Note: if they’re not gooey enough, keep in the oven a little longer. A slow heat is better, because if you pop them in the microwave for more than a few seconds, they’ll overcook, getting hard and brown. You don’t want that; trust me.

Dip in marinara and enjoy!

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