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Baked Mozzarella Bites

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 18 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 3 mozzarella bites and 1 tablespoon sauce)
Serve this quick after-school snack to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheesesticks.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.

Cook's Notes

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