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Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Baked Mozzarella Bites

Serve this quick after-school snack to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheesesticks.

Cooking Light AUGUST 2011

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 mozzarella bites and 1 tablespoon sauce)
  • Hands-on: 15 Minutes
  • Total: 18 Minutes

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)

Preparation

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.

Note:

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 91
  • Fat: 5.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 7.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 6.7g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg
  • Iron: 0.3mg
  • Sodium: 162mg
  • Calcium: 162mg
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