Baked Mozzarella Sticks

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If you grew up in Louisville, KY in the 1980's, it was all about Friday's. It was the one restaurant chain I could never get enough of. One of my favorite items on the menu were their mozzarella sticks. I mean, come on, who doesn't like fried cheese? Well, your arteries, that's who!

I don't advocate depriving children of foods that they enjoy. I do, however, advocate, trying to find healthy spins on those foods when they are not so great for you. We made these baked mozzarella sticks for Kenya and some
friends the other day and they were a huge hit. Kenya bit into one and simply exclaimed, "cheese"! With the addition of some marinara sauce for dipping, this is the perfect snack for kids (and adults too!).

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Baked Mozzarella Sticks (Makes 16 Cheese Sticks)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 8 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese (not the kind in water), cut into 16 sticks or individually wrapped string cheese sticks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 3/4 Cup whole wheat flour
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray

Preparation

1. Place the cheese on a sheet tray and freeze for 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees .
3. Crack eggs into a bowl and whisk.
4. Place flour in a second bowl and bread crumbs into a third bowl.
5. Roll the cheese sticks in the flour, then the egg followed by the
bread crumbs.
6. Place on a greased sheet tray.
7. Bake for 6-8 minutes (keep an eye on them to avoid over melting).
8. Serve with marinara sauce.
*After step 5, place sticks on a baking sheet and freeze for 3 minutes then place in a ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 4 months. When ready follow steps 6-8 adding an additional 1-2 minutes baking time.

Accompaniments

marinara sauce

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.