Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. And whether you are a Baltimore or a San Francisco fan, you’ll most likely be watching the big game. According to an article in the Washington Post, Super Bowl Sunday snacking is hazardous to your waistline (gasp)! Apparently, all the wings, chips, dips, beverages and snacking that goes along with the big game is second only to Thanksgiving in the United States with most food consumed in a 24-hour period.
For those of us with healthy eating New Years resolutions, navigating the snacks at your Super Bowl party might feel like somewhat of a minefield. In an attempt to lighten up one of my favorite appetizers, I went in search of a recipe for “healthy” mozzarella sticks. I was surprised to stumble upon several recipes that had great suggestions on how to slim down these deep fried treats. The recipe I’m sharing manages to do that simply by using reduced fat cheese and baking instead of deep frying. The taste is just as good, if not better, in my opinion. So if you’re looking for a healthier option for munching this Sunday, be sure to give these a try!
Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Adapted from Hungry Girl
12 sticks part-skim, reduced sodium mozzarella string cheese
1 large egg, beaten
2 tbsp flour
5 tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
5 tbsp panko crumbs
1 tbsp dried thyme
olive oil cooking spray
Cut cheese in half to give you 24 pieces. In small bowl, whisk the egg. Place the flour on another small dish. In separate bowl, combine bread crumbs, panko, and dried thyme. Dip the sticks in flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then coat with the crumbs. Repeat this process with the remaining cheese placing them on a tray with wax paper.
When ready to bake preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with oil. Place cheese sticks on baking sheet. Spray the tops of the mozzarella sticks with a little more oil and bake in the 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.
Heather’s Helpful Hints
When baking your mozzarella sticks, it’s easy for them to melt before the crumbs get golden. To solve this problem, place your cheese in the freezer beforehand. Then, after coating the cheese with flour, egg, and bread crumbs—place the cheese back in the freezer until you are ready to bake.