Better-Than-Fried Mozzarella Sticks

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12 sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese

3 tbsp flour

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1 tbsp water

2 cups panko bread crumbs

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp ground pepper

1/8 tsp chili powder

Non-stick cooking spray

1 cup marinara sauce, warmed

Directions

Remove string cheese from individual packaging and freeze for one hour.

Set oven rack to lower third and preheat broiler on high.

Place flour in a shallow bowl. Beat egg whites and water and place in a shallow bowl. Mix panko with the rest of the dry ingredients and place into a third shallow bowl. Remove string cheese from freezer and coat with flour, then dip in egg whites, and finally coat with the panko crumb mixture. Carefully place them on a dish or cutting board and spray with the non-stick spray. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and broil for 2-3 minutes until browned. Using tongs to flip each mozzarella stick carefully and broil for 1-2 minutes until browned. Remove from oven onto a plate and allow the pan to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving with warm marinara sauce.

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