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Who doesn’t love mozzarella sticks? That crispy, melty, cheesy deliciousness is always a crowd pleaser. They’re the #1 go-to for parties and entertaining. But why save these tasty bites of heaven for parties? Here are 4 ways you can use healthy mozzarella sticks to up your weeknight dinner game:
Grilled Mozzarella Stick Sandwiches and Tomato Soup
If your house is like ours, grilled cheese and tomato soup is a standby meal. Everyone loves it and it’s the perfect solutions for busy evenings. Take this family favorite up a notch by using mozzarella sticks instead of cheese. Place four mozzarella sticks side by side between two slices of bread. Butter the outsides of the bread (maybe try a savory garlic and herb butter), and cook the sandwich on a griddle or panini press. So good.
Make burger night unforgettable by adding mozzarella sticks and using pretzel buns. Bake the sticks according to package directions and then place two of them side by side atop your hamburger patty. With lettuce and a zesty marinara sauce in lieu of ketchup, you’ve got a truly memorable burger that everyone will love.
Best Ever Caprese Salad
What is the only thing that can make a caprese salad more mouth-wateringly delicious? Using mozzarella sticks, of course. This caprese salad has four ingredients: fresh basil, small fresh tomatoes, cooked mozzarella sticks, and balsamic vinegar. Slice tomatoes thinly, but substantially enough to hold their shape. Top each tomato slice with a leaf or two of fresh basil and half of a baked mozzarella stick. (Cut the baking time down a bit for these as the cheese needs to keep its shape.) Pierce this caprese tower with a long toothpick and drizzle with a high-quality balsamic vinegar.
As the Dippers They Were Designed to Be
Mozzarella sticks are yummy on their own, which is why we love to dip them. If you want to have them for dinner, a great way to do this is to combine them with other “dipping” foods. This “dipping” dinner is a particular favorite of kids everywhere and a great way to get your brood to try new things. A variety of dippers and dips makes this meal fun. Tasty dipper ideas include fresh veggies, crackers, toast points, meatballs, small corn dogs…the list is really endless. Pair these with a selection of dips like BBQ sauce, ketchup, marinara, ranch dressing, artichoke dip, or sweet and sour sauce. Then let your family choose their favorite combinations. Buy some frozen mozzarella sticks today and create a memorable dinner tonight!