TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks Made Skinny

TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks Made Skinny

TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks Made Skinny

TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks are extremely popular both in their restaurants and in the freezer section of the supermarkets. They’re dreamy, cheesy, and deep-fried. Happily, my skinny ones are baked not fried! All the kids love TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks recipe!

Makes 24 pieces (each serving 2 pieces and 1 tablespoon sauce) These 2 pieces are equal to 1 string cheese stick!

TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Sticks Made Skinny

Ingredients

  • 12 light string cheese sticks
  • 1 large egg, I like Egg-Land’s Best
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ⅔ cup panko crumbs, see shopping tips
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Cooking spray, I like olive oil cooking spray
  • ¾ cup pizza sauce or marinara sauce, I used Classico Pizza Sauce, see shopping tips

Directions

  • 1. Cut each cheese stick in half to create 24 pieces. Place cheese pieces on a plate and freeze for at least 1 hour until frozen. These can be stored for several days in the freezer until ready to use. Wrap them in plastic wrap, once frozen.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat the egg. Place flour in another small bowl. In a third small bowl, add panko bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  • 4. To assemble mozzarella sticks: Dip frozen sticks in flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then finally coat with panko crumbs. Repeat steps to coat all of them.
  • 5. Place all coated sticks on a baking sheet. Spray the tops with cooking spray.
  • 6. Bake for 5 minutes, turn over and spray with a little more cooking spray. Bake an additional 4-5 minutes until heated but NOT melted. In fact, be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t melt!
  • 7. Remove from the oven and place it on a plate. Serve with pizza sauce on the side. Refrigerate any leftovers. They will keep for several days. To reheat, either zap in the microwave for a few seconds or place on a baking sheet and heat in a 400-degree oven until warm but not melted.
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Nutrition Facts

  • for 2 pieces and 1 tablespoon pizza sauce
  • 81 calories
  • 3g fat
  • 1.1g sat fat
  • 20mg chol
  • 7g protein
  • 5g carbs
  • 0g fiber
  • 277mg sodium
  • 1.4g sugar

SmartPoints value : 2

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