We know that deep fried mozzarella sticks are so good, but this healthy version will surprise you at how delicious they can be baked!
12 sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
1 large egg
1/4 cup flour
2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 black pepper
Remove wrappers and cut cheese in half to give you 24 pieces. Freeze cheese until hard and frozen, about 30 minutes.
In three separate shallow dishes, place whisked egg, flour and breadcrumbs with seasonings, each in their own dish.
Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Dip frozen cheese sticks in flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then coat with the crumbs. Repeat for each cheese stick, placing them on the lined baking sheet. FREEZE on sheet at least 30 minutes, or until ready to bake, if you do not freeze they will melt!
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Bake 10-12 minutes, serve with marinara sauce.