This is an easy recipe for baked Buffalo Ranch Mozzarella Sticks. These homemade mozzarella sticks are perfect for serving as an appetizer at parties! Sponsored by Hidden Valley.
If I had to choose one appetizer that is my family’s all-time favorite, I would have to choose mozzarella sticks. I’ve been ordering them from restaurants for as long as I can remember. Before Brian and I started dating, we were at a restaurant with a large group of friends and the two of us ended up sitting at a table for two, where we split an order of mozzarella sticks.
And we’ve passed this love of cheese on to our kids. Just last night, Zack ordered mozzarella sticks when we stopped at a restaurant for dinner. So, when we get together with friends this New Year’s Eve, I will be making homemade mozzarella sticks. We will have some that are plain and some that are spicy. Today I am sharing the recipe for spicy, baked Buffalo Ranch Mozzarella Sticks.
This recipe starts with a half cup of our favorite ranch dressing: Hidden Valley Ranch. We always have Hidden Valley Ranch dressing in our house and I keep a canister of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing mix on hand as well. We use the bottled dressing for salad, of course, but we also like it for veggies, chicken nuggets, pizza and now mozzarella sticks!
Mix the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing with buffalo wings sauce.
Cut 12 cheese sticks in half. I used string cheese sticks made from mozzarella cheese.
First, coat the cheese sticks in flour.
Then, dunk them in the ranch dressing and buffalo wings sauce mixture.
Finally, give them a coat of panko breadcrumbs mixed with garlic, salt and black pepper.
Place the coated mozzarella sticks, on waxed paper, in the freezer for at least one hour. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the cheese sticks from the freezer and place them on a greased baking sheet.
Lightly spray the mozzarella sticks with cooking spray and bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
You want the cheese to be soft but be careful not to overbake or it will melt into one big mozzarella stick!
Ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness with a little heat!
Everyone in my family loved my test batches of these Buffalo Ranch Mozzarella Sticks and I can’t wait to serve these to our friends on New Year’s Eve. I hope you all have a happy New Year with lots of delicious food shared with your family and friends!
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Made these and the bread crumbs weren’t cooked and the cheese turn into mush…threw all but the two me and my wife tried in the trash.
Melanie | Melanie Makes says
The marriage of two of my favorite apps – love this, Tonia! Pinned!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
I’ve never made my own mozzarella sticks, but I would love to try these. The Ranch addition sounds so good, Tonia!
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says
I don’t think there are many better things than fried cheese but with buffalo?! Yes please!
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says
Fantastic recipe for an appetizer. Pinning.
Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says
These look amazing!!! My family loves cheese and I bet these are irresistible with the spicy buffalo kick!
Tonia, YUM! I’ve never made homemade mozzarella sticks, but it looks incredibly easy and delicious! Great process photos too!
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
Love to eat mozz sticks but haven’t made them myself yet. You make it look easy!
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
Fantastic easy appetizer idea!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
These sound so incredibly good!! I love the buffalo ranch combo for mozzarella sticks! Great idea!