So it’s been long enough now that I think I can talk about it.
Football season is over. Not really, but to me it is, and has been since the Steelers lost two weeks ago.
It’s nice of them though – since we have one the most superbowls of any team (six), we may as well let someone else have some fun once in a while.
Anyway, these are superbowl-snack worthy. And under 100 calories a piece.
Take that, Tebow.
In researching methods for baking these mozzarella sticks, all of the tips centered around preventing the cheese from “oozing” while baking, including freezing the sticks for an hour before preparation.
I blended up a mix of breadcrumbs, paprika, Italian seasoning, and parmesan – just for good measure.
Line up your roll/dip/roll stations, similar to anything you want to bake “fry”.
No oozing yet!
Oh well, they oozed. But just to warm and melty, not runny, making them still perfectly dippable.
In the world’s classiest
homemade tomato sauce.
Give me a break, I had already baked buffalo chickpea dip and made some lentil sloppy joes. These turned out to be just as delicious as the deep fried ones I used to order out at restaurants, but you can actually feel good about eating them.
Lightened Up Mozzarella Sticks
- 1 package mozzarella string cheese (I used Sargento Light)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
- Unwrap string cheese and place in freezer for at least 1 hour.
- Pre-heat oven to 350.
- Prepare three stages of breading – flour in one dish, egg in the next, breadcrumb and remaining ingredients in the last.
- Coat each frozen cheese stick with flour and tap to remove any access.
- Lightly dip in egg, roll in breadcrumb mixture, and place on sprayed baking sheet. Lightly spray with cooking spray to help the sticks brown as they cook.
- Bake 15-20 minutes, until slightly browned (and beginning to ooze).
Approximate nutrition (per stick): 98 calories, 4 grams fat, 8 grams carbs, 8 grams of protein
Will you have (or attend) a super bowl party if you’re team doesn’t make it to the big game? Like I said, the season is over as far as I’m concerned – but it wouldn’t hurt to see Baltimore lose. 😉
I’m going to Habitat tonight with my husband for my third Pittsburgh restaurant week adventure – it’s been a blast! Some of my readers said they checked out some restaurants too – I’d love to post their restaurant reviews if they’d like to share!