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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Skinny Mozzarella Sticks ♥

Here is a great appetizer, for game day, a party you are hosting or just as a quick healthy meal. Healthy skinny baked homemade mozzarella sticks, my recipe is really easy! enjoy! ♥

Ingredients ♥

12 sticks part-skim, mozzarella string cheese
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon parmesen cheese, grated
1 tablespoon dried parsley
Non-stick cooking spray

Directions ♥

1. Remove wrappers and cut string cheese in half to get 24 equal pieces. Freeze cheese for between 2 and 24 hours on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The goal is to have the cheese frozen hard.
2. While cheese is freezing, mix Italian-seasoned and panko breadcrumbs together in a small sauce pan. Place over medium heat and cook. Stir frequently until Italian-seasoned bread crumbs are light brown. About five minutes. (Note: Panko bread crumbs will not get brown.)
3. In three separate shallow dishes, place flour; beaten egg; and toasted breadcrumbs each in their own dish. Add parmesan cheese and parsley to breadcrumbs and stir till even mixed.
4. Line a new cookie sheet with parchment paper. (If you plan on making a bigger batch and freezing for later, line a 9×13 Pyrex with parchment paper and cover with tin foil or lid.)
5. Dip frozen cheese in flour. Coat evenly, then shake off excess.
6. Then dip in egg. Make sure to coat the entire piece of cheese with egg. (It will stick to the flour.)
7. Then place in breadcrumb mixture. Hold cheese on the side and spin gently. Feel free to use “loose” crumbs and sprinkle on top to get an even texture.
8. Grab cheese by sides and place on new cookie sheet or Pyrex with parchment paper.
9. Repeat steps 5 – 8 on all 24 pieces.
10. Place mozzarella sticks back into freezer for 2 to 24 hours. This step is IMPORTANT because otherwise the cheese will cook too fast and the crumbs won’t have time to get browned.
11. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place rack on bottom third of your oven. Line cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
12. Place desired amount on cookie sheet and spray tops with non-cooking spray.
13. In pre-heated oven, bake for 4 to 5 minutes. Then turn and bake for an additional 4-5 minutes or until golden brown but before melting occurs.
14. Eat hot and serve with your favorite Marinara Sauce. enjoy! ♥

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