Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites

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Today’s post is a special one for me. When I first started Weight Watchers and my own weight loss journey, Gina’s fabulous (and incredibly popular!) blog SkinnyTaste was where I found almost all of my favorite recipes. Not only were her recipes delicious and easy to follow, they were packed with flavor. Moreover, her dishes never felt like diet food. I could confidently cook them for family and friends without anyone pausing to wonder if it was healthy. All anyone was thinking about was how amazing it tasted. Fast forward a few years and it was in Gina’s blog where I found inspiration to start my own. Seeing her amazing ability to inspire and help others along their weight loss, healthy eating, and cooking journeys, I decided to start sharing my own kitchen adventures here at Slender Kitchen. She was and continues to be one of my favorite bloggers and a constant source of inspiration! So today I couldn’t be more excited to get a chance to share this recipe from Gina’s incredible cookbook, The SkinnyTaste Cookbook, with you all. It is packed full of amazing recipes and tips for creating a healthy kitchen and truly delivers on its catch phrase, “light on calories, big on flavor.” Today’s recipes for Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites is just one of many great recipes in the book. I highly, highly recommend checking it out. I made this recipe for game day and let’s just say they didn’t last more than about 10 minutes on the table. Delicious.
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 Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites

Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites

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PREP TIME: 8 Hours
COOK TIME: 1 Hours, 15 Min
TOTAL TIME: 9 Hours, 15 Min
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  • 12 part skim mozzarella string cheese sticks
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp. seasoned bread crumbs
  • 5 tbsp. Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley flakes
  • Cooking spray

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Cut each string cheese into 4 pieces. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for at least 8 hours.


In a small bowl, beat the egg. Put the flour in another small shallow bowl. In a third small shallow bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and parsley.


Line a baking sheet with parchment. Dip the cheese in the flour, then the egg (letting excess drip off), and then the breadcrumbs. Place on baking sheet and repeat.


Freeze the bites for 1 hour. This is to prevent them from melting while cooking.


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil. Place the cheese bites on the baking sheet ad spray the tops with olive oil. Bake for 3 minutes and flip over. Bake for 2 more minutes or until melted inside. Watch carefully to make sure cheese doesn’t begin to melt out of the breading.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 4 bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111
Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg
Sodium 250mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 9g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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