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      Skinny Baked Mozarella Sticks

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      • 12 sticks part-skim, reduced sodium mozzarella string cheese (Sargento)

      • 1 large egg, beaten

      • 2 Tbsp flour

      • 5 Tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

      • 5 Tbsp panko crumbs

      • 2 tsp parmesan cheese

      • 1 Tbsp dried parsley

      • olive oil cooking spray



      Cut cheese in half to make 24 pieces. Place cheese in freezer until frozen.

      In small bowl, whisk the egg. Place flour on another small dish.

      In separate bowl, combine bread crumbs, panko, parmesan cheese and dried parsley.

      Dip frozen sticks in flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg and coat with crumbs.

      Repeat
      with remaining cheese, placing them on a tray with wax paper. Place
      cheese back into freezer until ready to bake (this is a must or they
      will melt before the crumbs get golden).

      When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with oil.

      Place
      frozen cheese sticks on baking sheet. Spray tops of mozzarella sticks
      with a little more oil and bake in bottom third of your oven until
      crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes.

      Turn and bake an additional 4-5 minutes, watching them closely so they don't melt.

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