She and I both decided that although mozzarella sticks are delicious, that these baked cheese sticks are great substitute!
In our house, we love a good cheesy mozzarella stick, but my youngest daughter doesn't like fried food much. During the summer, I have my kids help cook so that they learn skills in the kitchen, and my daughter and I created this recipe together that was so easy and so delicious, we ended up making another batch the very next day for the whole family to enjoy. She and I both decided that although mozzarella sticks are delicious, that these baked cheese sticks are great substitute! And one cheesy bread stick is a hearty meal for a kid, so it's economical too!
I love creating with Rhodes Bread and came up with this idea for making cheese filled bread sticks, combining her love of Rhodes Bread and cheese, without the fried coating. These sticks are light, filled with cheesy goodness and topped with a Parmesan and herb seasoning that has an Italian taste. They make a great lunch plain or with a marinara dip, and now we are planning on making them along with a spaghetti dinner as a bread side! My teens even remarked that these sticks reminded them of one of their favorite Italian meals... calzones!
You can see that they are loaded with cheese too!
You will need 1 loaf of Rhodes Frozen White Bread for 8 servings.
You will also need 8 pieces of mozzarella stick cheese. We always have these at our house, in the fridge because they make such a nice little snack.
Remove one loaf of Rhodes Frozen White Bread from the package and allow to thaw.
I thawed mine on a cutting board with a sprinkle of flour on the board.
I have my teenager help me. Cutting can be done by older kids, or by mom for the younger kids.
Cut the loaf in half. Place one half in front of you and place the other half to the side.
Cut the half loaf into half again, and then each piece into halves. You will get 4 pieces out of this half loaf of bread.
You will get 4 pieces out of this half loaf of bread.
Now the kids can get in there and use a rolling pin. Flour the surface underneath a bit more as needed.
Flatten one piece of dough down with the rolling pin.
Now turn horizontally and roll the dough out to about 8 inches by 5 inches.
Your mozzarella stick should fit the size of the dough with at least an inch on all sides.
Pull one side of the dough up on top of the cheese stick.
Next, pull the two sides up on top of the dough, folding the sides in.
Now, roll the cheesestick all the way over the dough to cover it and finish the stick.
Carefully pick up the dough, and place the breadstick onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet. You should be able to place 8 onto a baking pan.
Cover the bread loosely with saran wrap and allow the sticks to rise for 1-2 hours until they are double in size.
Before baking, I sprayed my sticks with cooking spray to allow them to brown beautifully in the oven.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
Once the bread is golden brown, remove the sticks from the oven.
While the bread is still hot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a bowl.
In a second bowl, add 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of dried parsley and 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, and mix.
Coat the warm breadsticks with the butter, I use a silicone basting brush.
The kids love basting with the butter, it's food painting! Cover the bread completely with the butter.
Sprinkle the Parmesan mixture liberally over the bread sticks. Allow them to cool slightly and serve.
We absolutely loved these and I think that you will too!
Try them today!
Cheesy BreadsticksServings: 8 | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 15 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 15-18 min
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1 loaf Frozen Rhodes White Bread
8 mozzarella cheese sticks
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried parsely
1 teaspoon dried oregano
parchment paper and baking sheet
flour for rolling
Thaw out loaf of frozen white bread. Cut into 8 pieces.
Flour surface and using rolling pin, roll out each piece of white dough into 8x5 inch pieces.
Place cheese stick on dough and roll up into dough. Place finished cheese sticks onto parchment covered baking sheet and allow to rise at room temperature for 1-2 hours, until doubled.
Spray with cooking spray and bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. Mix parmesan cheese and herbs in a small bowl.
Remove golden brown breadsticks from oven and brush with melted butter. Top with parmesan herb mixture.