Ok so they are not FRIED, per se, but rather BAKED… but these tasty appetizers are still totally amazing! And better yet, they are super-easy to make! Here is what you do:
Cut in half your favorite brand of low-fat or 2% mozzarella cheese sticks, and place on plate in freezer. Ideally, these would set in the freezer for 1-2 hours, but if you are in a rush, 30 minutes will be sufficient.
Next, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with foil, and spray with Pam.
Then you are ready to line up for assembly. Fill the first bowl with whole wheat flour. Fill the second bowl with one beaten egg, and the third bowl with some panko bread crumbs, garlic salt, black pepper, and oregano, and whisk together until evenly mixed.
Remove the frozen pieces of string cheese, and one by one dunk each first in the flour mixture until evenly coated, then the egg, then carefully roll in the panko mixture. Be sure that all sides of the cheese are coated in breadcrumbs, then gently place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining breadcrumbs.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and just begins to seep out. Remove and serve immediately with marinara sauce for dipping.
These are a great appetizer for holiday parties and entertaining!