Oven-Fried Mozzarella Sticks

7
Total Time
22 min
Prep
12 min
Cook
10 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
Don't bust your waistline with high-fat, fried cheese sticks. Our slimmed-down version hits the spot and is much healthier for you.

Ingredients

olive oil cooking spray

2 spray(s), divided

canned tomato sauce

8 oz

ground oregano

2 tsp, divided

reduced calorie wheat bread

3 slice(s), torn

dried thyme

1 tsp

part-skim mozzarella cheese

8 oz, cut into 8 finger-like strips

honey mustard

2 Tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine tomato sauce and 1 teaspoon of oregano; set pan over low heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine bread, remaining teaspoon of oregano and thyme; process until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Place crumbs in a shallow bowl. (Tip: Use the ends of the loaf of bread for the bread crumbs since those slices are often uneaten.)
  4. Coat cheese sticks with honey mustard. Transfer cheese to bread crumb mixture and turn to coat. Arrange cheese on prepared baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with warmed tomato sauce on the side. Yields 2 cheese sticks and about 1/4 cup of sauce per serving.

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