Recipe | Baked Mozzarella Bites

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Let’s face it: there are few things more delicious in this world than cheese. Especially if it’s fried. But chowing down on fried cheese day after day can really take a toll on the waistline! Cooking Light has a great recipe for baked mozzarella bites and thought I’d share it with you!

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. 1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. 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. 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. 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.

Phoebe Wu, Cooking Light
AUGUST 2011

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