Football season is back in full force and I couldn’t be happier! Lazy days of cooking and watching football are good for the soul. I’m going to attempt to post a “Sunday Funday” recipe each weekend throughout the season. First up….. one of my favorite bar foods. Mozzarella sticks. For the remainder of this post I will refer to them as Mozzie sticks, because they turned out so cute and scrumptious and they deserve a new name.
First a note on “toasting” panko… as mentioned in the recipe. Simply place panko breadcrumbs in a skillet over medium-high heat and toast, stirring often. After about five minutes the panko will have a nice golden hue to it. See below. I like using panko in my dishes as it produces a much crispier coating than traditional breadcrumbs.
- 6 light mozzarella string cheese sticks
- ¼ cup flour (I used whole wheat)
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 egg whites
- ½ cup toasted panko breadcrumbs
- 1 Tbs. fresh basil, chopped (can use dried basil as well, ⅓ tsp.)
- ¼ tsp. oregano
- ¼ tsp. Hawaiin red salt (can use any salt)
- Olive oil spray
- Cut string cheese sticks in half
- Combine flour, garlic powder, cayenne pepper in shallow dish
- In second dish, whisk egg whites until foamy
- In third dish, combine panko, basil, oregano, and salt
- Working in batches, dip string cheese sticks in flour mixture, then egg whites, then panko mixture - pressing slightly so that it sticks
- Place sticks on plate and freeze for at least 30 min
- Heat oven to 400 degrees
- Put mozzarella sticks on cooling rack on top of foil lined baking sheet
- Spray slightly with olive oil spray
- Bake for 8-10 minutes
Another cool thing is that I prepared these Mozzie sticks yesterday. After placing them in the freezer for 30 minutes (as the recipe calls for) I removed them and placed them in a gallon zip log bag and kept them in the freezer. I took them out today and they baked up nicely. These were a tasty treat to have while watching the Arizona Cardinals pull of a win today. I ate them with a dipping sauce of prepared marinara and a side of crunchy vegetables. Side note… the salt I used in this recipe is from one of my favorite vendors at the local farmers market Go lb. Salt .
- When it comes to eating after WLS it’s important to plan and be mindful. Two of these Mozzie sticks contain 65 calories and 6.5 grams of protein. Decide how many you are going to eat and stick to that number. Add other filling lower calorie food items like raw vegetables to increase satiety. Don’t eat an undetermined amount of these “snack type” foods during the entire football game. 🙂
Basil contains phytochemical’s which have been shown to decrease cortisol, a stress hormone. Also- one tablespoon of dried basil is a good source of iron! Who would’ve known?