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Don't bust your waistline with high-fat fried cheese sticks. Our slimmed-down version is just as delicious for far fewer PointsPlus values.


Ingredients:

1 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray, (5 one second sprays), enough to coat baking sheet and cheese sticks  
8 oz canned tomato sauce  
2 tsp ground oregano  
2 slice(s) whole wheat bread, torn  
1 tsp dried thyme  
8 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 finger-like strips  
2 Tbsp honey mustard

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, combine tomato sauce and 1 teaspoon of oregano; set pan over low heat and simmer 10 minutes.

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.)

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.

Bake until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with tomato sauce on the side. Yields 2 cheese sticks and about 1/4 cup of sauce per serving.

Chef Tips

We renovated "Fried" Mozzarella Sticks by:
Coating the cheese with honey mustard instead of eggs.

Creating our own seasoned bread crumbs for maximum crunch – to replace that "fried" texture.

Using part-skim mozzarella cheese, instead of the whole milk variety.

Baking sticks instead of deep frying them.

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