These cheese sticks help hit the spot when I’m craving something savory and indulgant. I normally use low-fat cheese sticks which seem to work just as well in this recipe. These aren’t quite the same as fried cheese sticks, but they are pretty close and definitely worth the calorie trade-off. The key is to freeze the string cheese before coating and baking so that it doesn’t melt into a pile of goo.
BAKED MOZZARELLA STICKS
12 sticks string cheese
3 Tbsp flour
2 egg whites
1 Tbsp water
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp ground pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
Olive oil spray
Marinara sauce for dipping, optional
Cut cheese in half and freeze for at least an hour.
Place flour in a shallow bowl. In a second bowl, beat egg whites and water together. In a third bowl, mix remaining dry ingredients together.
Coat the cheese in flour, then egg whites, then bread crumbs and place on a greased baking sheet. Spray with olive oil.
Broil for 2-3 minutes in bottom third of oven, until browned; then, flip and cook 2-3 minutes longer until browned on that side.
Rest 3 minutes before serving with marinara sauce for dipping.