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Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Spicy Tomato Dipping Sauce

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Preparation Time
12 minutes

Cook Time
20 minutes

Serves 4 (2 mozzarella sticks plus 1/2 cup sauce per serving)

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Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 3 per serving

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  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons unseasoned panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons enriched flour
  • 2 egg whites, lightly scrambled
  • 4 pieces Weight Watchers Light String Cheese (or Weight WatchersNatural Light Smoked Mozzarella String Cheese), cut in half

    1. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
    2. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat until just warm, about 1 minute. Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, salt, sugar, red pepper flakes; stir well. Heat until sauce begins to bubble. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
    3. On a medium plate, combine panko, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper.
    4. Place flour on small plate. Coat each stick in flour. Shake off excess; dip in egg. Dip sticks in panko mixture. Place sticks on baking sheet 2 inches apart. Spray tops with olive oil cooking spray.
    5. Place baking sheet in freezer for 1 hour; refrigerate sauce.
    6. Preheat oven to 400°F 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Remove baking sheet from freezer; place in oven. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until sticks are just heated through, not melted. Remove from oven.
    7. Remove sauce from refrigerator. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until warmed through. Serve with sticks.

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