panko pesto mozzarella balls
I took one of my go to appetizer recipes (these awesome baked mozzarella balls) and let some creamy pesto in on the fun!
The result was nothing short of amazing.
Snack on them right off the tray, serve them up at your next party or potluck, or even serve them on top of soup for a swoon-worthy experience of epic proportions!
Panko Pesto Mozzarella Balls
- 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese, balled/cubed
- 1.5 cups panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp or so of Italian seasoning blend
- 1-2 egg whites, slightly beaten
- approx 4oz Buitoni pesto
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup of flour
- olive oil cooking spray
tools needed: Aluminum foil lined baking sheet/pan + wire baking/grilling/cooling rack
- Cube and freeze your mozzarella 12-24 hours ahead of time.
- To freeze, lay cubes flat on a plate for 15-20 minutes and then move to a plastic baggie or covered bowl to freeze even further. This prevents sticking and also is a fabulous method for freezing fruit and veggies!
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Keep mozzarella cubes frozen until you have set up your ingredients into dipping bowls and preheated the oven.
- Combine seasoning blend and panko in a shallow bowl.
- Keep egg whites, flour, and pesto in separate bowls for dipping.
- Dipping order: Flour - Pesto - Egg Whites - Panko
- Move quickly so your balls don't begin to defrost, lol!
- After each ball gets it's turn in each bowl, place your completed mozzarella balls on your wire rack (the one you put on top of a aluminum foil lined cookie pan) after spraying/greasing the rack with olive oil.
- Once all your balls are in place (this is technical terminology people!) spray them with a light coat of your cooking spray and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside and soft and stretchy on the inside. Enjoy immediately.
Paul and I counted them to make sure one of us didn’t get more than the other. Somehow we ended up with an odd number of balls so we split the last one down the middle to be fair.
Is that a pretty good indicator of how awesome they were?
Put it this way — if we weren’t newlyweds we probably would have FOUGHT over them!
Ok maybe we did just a little.
If you get a chance to try these panko pesto mozzarella balls, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
Seriously, make these balls. Stat.
Then you can make this bowl-o-amazingness: