Panko Pesto Mozzarella Balls

Panko Pesto Mozzarella Balls

panko pesto mozzarella balls

Panko Pesto Mozzarella Balls

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Cube and freeze your mozzarella 12-24 hours ahead of time.
  2. 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! 
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  
  4. Keep mozzarella cubes frozen until you have set up your ingredients into dipping bowls and preheated the oven.
  5. Combine seasoning blend and panko in a shallow bowl.
  6. Keep egg whites, flour, and pesto in separate bowls for dipping.
  7. Dipping order: Flour - Pesto - Egg Whites - Panko
  8. Move quickly so your balls don't begin to defrost, lol!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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Panko Pesto Mozzarella Balls 
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! <3
 
Seriously, make these balls. Stat.
Then you can make this bowl-o-amazingness:
Creamy Tomato Soup with Baked Mozzarella Balls

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jessa

That looks so good. Another great recipe to try!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode

Well, yum, that pretty much rocks my world. Love of mozzerella? Check. Love of pesto? Check. Love of warm gooey cheesey pesto? Triple check!
-poptart (teehee)

Young and Fabulous

ok screw this meal…I just want that black and white plate! holy crap that is the cutest thing ever WHERE did you get that!?!

ok back to the meal…that looks amaaaazing. there is nothing better than mozzerella cheese. so are these similar to a mozzerella stick but just a ball?

i liked all of your ball references..especially the frozen ball reference. i laughed out loud lol

can you be my chef? come back to your roots in MA and lets make delicious food together and be foodies

xoxox

Kristina @ spabettie

haaaaaa… Jason and I are the same way with counting to be even… I think it’s a mix of being NERDS and eating really great food! 🙂

these look SO good… I want them Right Now. love the pesto addition.

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com}

totally need to make these for my next partay 🙂

Stephanie

OH yah. This looks amazing. I’m making these on Sunday. My family will thank me.

Anne Marie

Excuse me while I clean up the drool from my keyboard! I love eating cheese in any form, but most especially when it’s melted 🙂

Kara

This post is one giant “That’s what she said” joke waiting to happen. Awesome 🙂

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess

This looks SO good! And I love your black and white plates!!

Fashion Meets Food

Well don`t these just look heavenly! Yum!

xo

Melissa Jo

Okay those look so yummy, I’m definitely going to try!

Tricia

yum!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness

Cheeeeeeese!

I do love a good set of balls…

Ashley

Well…as you know..I don’t eat cheese, but that doesn’t make this recipe any less fun. I love the tips on freezing fruits and veggies. I actually took a hair dryer to a clump of frozen strawberries this morning.
Thats one of my fave SNL clips!

Kris @ everywhereorange.com

YUM!!!! i seriously want to eat these right now!!!!

Alyssa @ Life of bLyss

hahaha. I SO wanted to post that video when I did my guest post on oreo balls, pb pretzel balls, and rum balls on whatkatie’sbaking and forgot about it. I’m so glad you did!

Jenny

Those look delicious! 😀

BEadECLECTIC

This looks AMAZING!

My favorite way to eat cheese is often by itself, or on a thin cracker. Really, ANYWAY will do!

Kat

omg these are out of this WORLD!! I love me some cheese sticks, but then you go and add pesto to them?? GENIUS I say!! Totally bookmarking this one!

Chrissy

Um…yummy!!!! I always get hungry over here…haha!!! Looks and sounds delish!
Happy THursday gurl! xxx

Sophia @ Raven Waves

I’ve never had panko before! Hm…my favorite way to eat cheese is probably in solid chunks or slices (wow that sounds gross!) haha!

Jenn

OMG, these look amazing! And make me REALLY wish that we ate cheese! Maybe we’ll have to make an exception 😉

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

Is there anything better than melted mozzarella?! These look fab. Oh and that’s my fave SNL skit of all time!

Christina

hot damn, those mozz balls looks AWESOME

Bonnie

I was praying that you would featured the “Schweaty Balls” SNL clip at the end of this post.
You never disappoint.
Haha.
Balls.

P.S. I like your black and white plate.

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natasha {schue love}

OMG, this looks so so yummy! And HAHA about Schwetty Balls! Too funny!

WillJogForFood

The balls look so freakin good 😉 I think pesto panko balls would be my favorite way to eat cheese!! I love me some cheese fondue too. And grilled cheese…and nachos. Don’t get me started! hahaha

brandt @ NewHouseOnTheBlog

I noticed you crossed out spicy…well…you know. No mention of Alec Baldwin, and the infamous NPR Schwetty…well…you know? For shame…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXSyzeVWueI

Although I will say, that looks mighty tasty. Newlywed or not, I’d fight over that last piece!

And my favorite way to eat cheese?? Melted, gooey, and baked. Usually on top of a meal.

Cyndi @ Weightless Life

Holy wow that looks amazing! I could practically taste them through the screen. I have to make this ASAP, but maybe I’ll do it when the husband isn’t around so I can have more for me.

Paije

Please move in and feed me. I want these NOW!!!!
Love the schwetty balls!!

jillian :: cornflake dreams.

HOLY yum! these look delic. and i just love the snl video… hiiiilarious! xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

As soon as I saw that picture with the melty cheese, I knew this was a recipe I need to try! YUM.

(what runs) Lori

O M G

I gained 5 lbs looks at that but it looks SO GOOD.

5 lbs because I’d eat the whole thing, mind you.

Megan

Oh yes. I need these in my life. Anything cheesy is a clear winner.
Thanks for sharing the recipe!!
(do you make your own pesto, or do you recommend a particular premade kind?)

Cara

mmmmm I love mozz sticks and havent had them in forev! These look amazing!

♥PopBlush♥

All your recipes are making me hungry!!!! hehehe

LauraJayne

I have been on a cheese kick all this week – like it’s all I want to eat. A bad week for it, since I should be eating more carbs…
I LOVE that SNL clip. I actually watched it for the first time when I was in high school with my best friend’s dad. I was totally uncomfortable the whole time, thinking that he was going to be offended!

Megan Flynn

Well, those look pretty awesome. I love anything with pesto. Especially mozzarella.

Erin

Holy crap, these look freakin’ amazing!

Mikalah

Wow, that looks SO yummy!

Parita @ myinnershakti

I JUST ate dinner, but I think I’m hungry again! HOLY YUM!!!

Courtney B

Oh YUM!!! Yay for a new idea! Thanks for posting 🙂

Pink Champagne, Gatorade, and MRE's

NOM + OMG= NOMG= your balls :p lol

Courtney

YUM!

Alright, so I think I like you even more for posting the Schwetty Balls video! I posted a muffin recipe a few weeks ago and referenced the Betty White version of this NPR skit – also a good one! 🙂

Cat

Thanks for the shout out girlie! these look ammmazzzinnnggg!

Jennifer

Oh this looks so good. My favorite picture is the one with the cheese oozing out. YUM! My friend was just telling me about a fried mozzarella bruschetta she made last night. As if that didn’t make me hungry enough, now I see these. Thanks for sharing, visiting from Flaunt it Friday.
Jen
Scissors & Spatulas

Meredith!

ive never been a huge fan of mozzerella sticks.. maybe i need to give them another shot! =) cuz these look so good!

Priyanka

These look yummy!

You know I have been wanting to do the WIAW for three weeks now, I remember about it until Tuesday and then my mind goes completely blank. I am setting a reminder for myself, I am doing it next week.

Michelle

Mmmm… these looks so good! Another great recipe for me to try 🙂

XOXO

Donnie

I remember that sweaty balls episode…too funny. They really look good.

Peggy

Oooh, those look so good!

I’d have to say my favorite way to have cheese is fried! But I think I’m going to have to try this way soon!

MG

my favorite way to eat cheese? um…anyway? is that a way? haha.

jessica

yum! these look sooooooooooo delicious!

Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

HOLY BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, aware that the line above is in all caps and lots of exclaimation marks but this receipe deserves it. Touche, girlfriend!

bananas.

cheese, pesto, panko…oh yes you’re speaking my language!

i could eat those cheesy balls all day!!! no really i could so uh maybe making those is a bad idea. nah i can’t resist!

Natalie

Yum!! These would be such a good party appetizer!

MonkeMama

hehehe, you said balls.

Tracy Simmons

These look sinfully delicious!

WobiSobi

OMG I laughed so hard.. Those Cheese Balls look delicious..

Errign

Um, I am drooling. Those look like the best comfort food EVER.

Euniece Santiago

oh these look sooooooo sooo good!!! i definately want to try this one when i go back home!!!! cheese + breadcrumbs = huge success !!!

Christine (The Raw Project)

These look amazing! Better than anything served at a restaurant, my hubby would love these. Thanks!

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sarahlearns.com

oh em geeee! these look amazing! like fancy cheese curds. i can’t wait to make these for brad!

pawsitivelife

Cheesy. I am going to have to recreate this recepie. Maybe even my bf will try it. Right now he thinks that cheese is a ‘girl’ thing. Couldn’t be more wrong!

Zarna

yumyumyum! another delicious post!

kissmybroccoli

Haha! That was the first time I’ve ever seen that video! Hilarious! I love me a young Alec Baldwin!

“Move quickly so your balls don’t begin to defrost.” <- because no one likes soggy balls! Bahaha!

Seriously, it’s almost 1am and now I am craving balls! Hahaha!

Christine @ Merf In Progress

I hate it when my balls defrost too fast. 😉

Lori@KitchenFunk

This looks amazing (except for the Pesto – I’m allergic to the nuts) – but wow. I’m so glad I am catching up with my blog reading, or I would have missed this!! ~Lori

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

Wow that looks amazing. I LOVE mozzarella and pesto…I am pretty sure I would have eaten ALL of them.

aniagoingbananas

om nom nom, that looks so great! i’m definitely going to try these sometime soon 🙂

i love cheese in all shapes and sizes and if i weren’t trying to lose weight i would probably put it on everything i eat! i think my favorite cheese is mozzarella slices eaten with tomatoes and balsamic vinegar!

The Cat Hag

This looks awesome, it makes me feel like eating pizza tonight! 🙂

xoxo,
Addie
The Cat Hag

Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

These look AMAZING! Oh my gosh… all that melty cheese… so good!

Katherines Corner

I love panko, this recipe would be a hit with my grandchildren, yum!!! Hugs and happy Friday

Stephanie

Wow. I don’t even eat dairy, but those look…just wow. I’m going to make them for my husband. So that he appreciates me and thanks me for marrying him.

radiomomrhetoric

I gotta say….I giggled thru this whole tutorial. Then I saw the video posted at the bottom and cracked up even more. It is one of my FAVS from SNL!

Autumn@Good Eats Girl

These look so good! I must try this soon!

Kitchen Belleicious

So I definitely went yesterday and got the hot chili sauce you told me about and I can’t wait to try it. Mozzarella is my favorite, balls, sticks, strings, I don’t care the form just give me some cheese! Fried and coated in panko is even better!

Clarissa

Um I heart pesto AND you! What a great idea! I bet I could make them gluten free if I find the right kind of GF breadcrumbs. And I love that SNL skit – such a classic.

Happy Homemaker UK

I hadn’t seen that SNL before – very funny! Your panko cheese balls look incredible 🙂 XOL

thehealthyapron

How did I miss this on Jesica’s site? I love cheese :

Dominique@Delightfully Domesticated

Oh man…this is a must try! Thanks for sharing!

Ashly@Moon Walk

I am obsessed with Pesto. This sounds amazing!!!

Krista

OMG these look delicious!!

Amanda

These look AMAZING! I always use Panko breadcrumbs as my go to breadcrumbs when I bake! I will most definitely have to try making this very soon!

Megan

i absolutely love Panko crumbs 🙂 i can hardly cook, but in the few dishes i know how to cook i use them 🙂 hope u have a great weekend!

<3 megan
A Suitcase and Stilettos

Jessica @ How Sweet

These look so much better than mine!!

Megan

Oh my gosh, these look absolutely AMAZING!!

Nuha

omg those look so good!!! I love anything pesto 🙂

emilysnan

hiya , yummmmmmmmy i will try these tomorrow for the starter at mt mothrs day dinner , thank you for sharing
xmaggiex

Kay

Anything involving cheese is amazing. Anything involving pesto is fantastic. This? Combining both? I cannot WAIT to try!

Michelle @ Loving Every Second

Holy yumminess! They look so good! I need one. Or two. Or three. Like, now.

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Little Brick Ranch

Ok – this has to be one of the most delicious things I have seen all day…and I have been looking…ALOT!! 🙂 You get extra points for the SNL skit too!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you st Fingerprints on the Fridge 🙂

Erin @ His & Hers

Those make me hungry and I JUST ate. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

The Polka Dot Closet

LOL, that was one of SNL’s best skits! I bookmarked this, the highest compliment a blogger gets, those balls look yummy!. Visiting from motivate me Monday!

Carol

Candace

omygosh! Making these for sure! You are so good to share with each other We would have done that too….maybe. 🙂

Erin

Oh my gosh!!! These look so amazing!

Life in Rehab

Yeah, this recipe got IMed to the chef fast!

Allie

What a fun idea! I’ll have to do this sometime 🙂 I’m about to check out the mozzarella recipe and I’m definitely addicted!!

Christin@purplebirdblog

I’ll be needing some of that… you can make me some for my birthday! 😉

Life in Rehab

Yeah, this recipe got IMed to the chef fast!

Little Brick Ranch

Ok – this has to be one of the most delicious things I have seen all day…and I have been looking…ALOT!! 🙂 You get extra points for the SNL skit too!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you st Fingerprints on the Fridge 🙂

Michelle @ Loving Every Second

Holy yumminess! They look so good! I need one. Or two. Or three. Like, now.

Dominique@Delightfully Domesti

Oh man…this is a must try! Thanks for sharing!

Autumn@Good Eats Girl

These look so good! I must try this soon!

sarahlearns.com

oh em geeee! these look amazing! like fancy cheese curds. i can’t wait to make these for brad!

Christine (The Raw Project)

These look amazing! Better than anything served at a restaurant, my hubby would love these. Thanks!

Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

HOLY BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, aware that the line above is in all caps and lots of exclaimation marks but this receipe deserves it. Touche, girlfriend!

Jennifer

Oh this looks so good. My favorite picture is the one with the cheese oozing out. YUM! My friend was just telling me about a fried mozzarella bruschetta she made last night. As if that didn’t make me hungry enough, now I see these. Thanks for sharing, visiting from Flaunt it Friday.
Jen
Scissors & Spatulas

Pink Champagne, Gatorade, and

NOM + OMG= NOMG= your balls :p lol

Megan Flynn

Well, those look pretty awesome. I love anything with pesto. Especially mozzarella.

Parita @ myinnershakti

I JUST ate dinner, but I think I’m hungry again! HOLY YUM!!!

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

As soon as I saw that picture with the melty cheese, I knew this was a recipe I need to try! YUM.

♥PopBlush♥

All your recipes are making me hungry!!!! hehehe

Bonnie

I was praying that you would featured the “Schweaty Balls” SNL clip at the end of this post.
You never disappoint.
Haha.
Balls.

P.S. I like your black and white plate.

http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Chrissy

Um…yummy!!!! I always get hungry over here…haha!!! Looks and sounds delish!
Happy THursday gurl! xxx

Ashley

Well…as you know..I don’t eat cheese, but that doesn’t make this recipe any less fun. I love the tips on freezing fruits and veggies. I actually took a hair dryer to a clump of frozen strawberries this morning.
Thats one of my fave SNL clips!

Alyssa @ Life of bLyss

hahaha. I SO wanted to post that video when I did my guest post on oreo balls, pb pretzel balls, and rum balls on whatkatie’sbaking and forgot about it. I’m so glad you did!

Melissa Jo

Okay those look so yummy, I’m definitely going to try!

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess

This looks SO good! And I love your black and white plates!!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogs

totally need to make these for my next partay 🙂

Kristina @ spabettie

haaaaaa… Jason and I are the same way with counting to be even… I think it’s a mix of being NERDS and eating really great food! 🙂

these look SO good… I want them Right Now. love the pesto addition.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode

Well, yum, that pretty much rocks my world. Love of mozzerella? Check. Love of pesto? Check. Love of warm gooey cheesey pesto? Triple check!
-poptart (teehee)

Ashly@Moon Walk

I am obsessed with Pesto. This sounds amazing!!!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

Wow that looks amazing. I LOVE mozzarella and pesto…I am pretty sure I would have eaten ALL of them.

Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

These look AMAZING! Oh my gosh… all that melty cheese… so good!

Christine @ Merf In Progress

I hate it when my balls defrost too fast. 😉

Erin

Holy crap, these look freakin’ amazing!

jillian :: cornflake dreams.

HOLY yum! these look delic. and i just love the snl video… hiiiilarious! xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

brandt @ NewHouseOnTheBlog

I noticed you crossed out spicy…well…you know. No mention of Alec Baldwin, and the infamous NPR Schwetty…well…you know? For shame…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXSyzeVWueI

Although I will say, that looks mighty tasty. Newlywed or not, I’d fight over that last piece!

And my favorite way to eat cheese?? Melted, gooey, and baked. Usually on top of a meal.

Katelyn Block

Ummm so basically I never ever eat cheese (hello mostly vegan) but I would faaasure make an exception, just for this. If you made them for me, that is.

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