Skinny Two-Ingredient 110-Calorie Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
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The words skinny and cheese sticks normally don’t go together.
Except here they do because these cheese sticks are only 110 calories each.
Rather than being fried, they’re baked, and yes, there’s only two ingredients. Eggroll wrappers and low-fat mozzarella string cheese.
This is hardly even a ‘recipe’ because it’s so fast and easy. Just roll up your string cheese in a wrapper and bake for about 15 minutes.
Eggroll (or wonton) wrappers are usually kept in the refrigerated area of the produce department of most grocery stores.
You’re looking for wrappers with flour as the first ingredient, not to be confused with shelf-stable rice paper wrappers, for making fresh spring rolls, usually found in the ethic foods aisle on a shelf.
The brand I used has 170 calories for 3 wrappers, or about 56 calories each.
The cheese sticks I used have 50 calories each, so we’re at 106 calories.
Optionally, to help them brown up and get a bit crisper, spray the wrappers with a fine misting of olive oil. Just a teeny tiny bit.
Olive oil cooking spray or something like the Misto Olive Oil Sprayer work great, and you can keep the calories and fat way down with either option. Alternatively, brush them very judiciously with olive oil. You don’t want to submerge these skinny sticks with an oil slick and defeat the purpose.
I’m a dip fanatic and I always need a extra. Here I used marinara sauce. It’s really just pulverized tomatoes so it isn’t a caloric lead balloon, especially when I can eat a quarter cup per stick.
For built in portion control, prepare only as many sticks as you need at once, even if that’s only 1 or 2. The extra cheese and eggroll wrappers will keep for weeks in the fridge so you can always make more later on.
They’re crispy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. It’s impossible to say no to luscious melted cheese.
They make a convenient after school snack for kids or a satisfying midnight snack for mommies. Or a perfect game day snack for all the Superbowl fans. Something lighter can’t hurt.
Comfort food, with a skinny twist, so you can still indulge without the bulge.
And infinitely more satisfying than those storebought 100-calorie snack packs. No comparison.
- 1 eggroll (or wonton) wrapper (56 calories)
- 1 low-fat mozzarella sting cheese stick (50 calories)
- olive oil cooking spray, Misto-sprayed olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- Place cheese stick about 1 inch from the margin of the wrapper, fold the sides in, and roll up as tightly as possible. Place the bundle seam side down on baking tray.
- Optionally, very lightly spray or brush with olive oil.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and remove tray from oven.
- Optionally, spray/brush with additional olive oil and flip stick to ensure it browns evenly on both sides.
- Return to oven and bake for about 5 to 8 additional minutes, or until golden brown or done to taste. Of the 8 sticks I made, 1 stick had cheese burst through the center of the wrapper, a little ‘explosion’ from the internal pressure as the temperature rose and the cheese melted. Keep an eye on your sticks in the final moments of baking, and if you notice any leaking or bursting, remove from oven immediately.
- Sticks are best warm and fresh; serve immediately. I served with marinara sauce; use your favorite dipping sauce or none at all.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 13g
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