Baked Mozzarella Bites

Serve this quick after-school snack to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheesesticks.
4 servings (serving size: 3 mozzarella bites and 1 tablespoon sauce)

Ingredients

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1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
3 (1-ounce) sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
3 tablespoons egg substitute
Cooking spray
1/4 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon's)

Preparation

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 18 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup panko to pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and place the panko in a shallow dish.

3. Cut mozzarella sticks into 1-inch pieces. Working with one piece at a time, dip cheese in egg substitute; dredge in panko. Place cheese on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 3 minutes or until the cheese is softened and thoroughly heated.

4. Pour the marinara sauce into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring after 30 seconds. Serve with mozzarella pieces.

Created date

July 2011

Nutritional Information

Calories 91
Fat 5.1 g
Satfat 2.8 g
Monofat 1.3 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 7.2 g
Carbohydrate 6.7 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Sodium 162 mg
Calcium 162 mg