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Golden Cheese Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Prep Time: 40 min  |  Cook Time: 30 min  |  Servings: 6  |  Calories: 361
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Golden Cheese Sticks with Marinara Sauce
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min

These pub classic baked cheese sticks made with Sargento® Natural String Cheese Snacks are sure to be a hit whenever you bring them to the table. With a crunchy breaded exterior and gooey cheese inside, the only way they can be any tastier is when they’re dipped in your homemade marinara sauce for the perfect bite every time.

  • Marinara Sauce
  • 1 can (14 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 3-1/2 tsp. salt-free Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1-1/4 tsp. paprika, divided
  • 1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder, divided
  • 1-1/2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 20 turns freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Pinch cayenne pepper powder
  • =Breading
  • 1 package (9 oz) Sargento® String Cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 6 slices lower sodium whole grain bread
  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tsp.)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. low-fat milk
  1. Sauce Directions
  2. Pour tomatoes into small saucepan. Add 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, brown sugar, 10 turns black pepper and cayenne. Simmer on low heat for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. Breaded Cheese Directions
  4. Pour almonds into food processor bowl with blade; cover and turn on for 45 seconds until ground fine. Pour into gallon-size plastic food storage bag. Tear bread slices into 4 pieces; add to food processor bowl and pulse 10 times. Add 1 teaspoon paprika, 10 turns pepper, 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and lemon zest and run food processor 20 seconds more. While food processor is running, drizzle in olive oil. Add breadcrumb mixture to plastic bag, seal, and shake to blend well.
  5. Unwrap cheese and cut each in half. Pour flour in quart-size plastic food storage bag. Add cheese, seal, and shake to coat pieces evenly.
  6. Beat eggs and milk with a fork in medium-size shallow dish.
  7. Add 12 pieces of cheese to egg mixture and toss each piece lightly to coat completely. Lift cheese out with slotted spoon; add to breadcrumbs. Seal bag and shake gently to evenly coat cheese sticks. Coat with egg and crumbs a second time. Repeat with remaining cheese.
  8. Place on pan in freezer for at least one hour and up to 2 days.
  9. Place 1-inch apart on baking sheet.
  10. Preheat oven to 450°F. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned; let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm with marinara dipping sauce.

Serving Size 6

Calories 361

*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Amount/Serving %DV*
Total Fat 20.20g 31%
Sat. Fat 7.20g 37%
Mono Unsat. Fat 9.20g
Poly Unsat. Fat 2.30g
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 495mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 0g
Protein 22g
Vitamin A 88RE
Vitamin C 7mg 12%
Calcium 362mg 33%
Iron 2mg 11%