Oven-Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Prep Time
12 min
Cook Time
10 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
Recipe Details
Ingredients
  • 2 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray, divided
  • 8 oz canned tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp ground oregano, divided
  • 3 slice(s) reduced calorie wheat bread, torn
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 8 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 finger-like strips
  • 2 Tbsp honey mustard
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.