Baked String Cheese Dippers

Original Recipe HERE

I knew the kids would eat this.  "Melted cheese" makes anything edible (except, apparently, asparagus and Brussels sprouts).  Making melted cheese the main ingredient could result in a feeding frenzy.  They had fun helping me make this side dish and, of course, consuming it.  I served it with regular jarred pasta sauce for dipping.

I didn't feel like dirtying another pan, so I put a piece of parchment paper in the baking sheet instead of greasing it.  The cheeses started spreading into each other before the panko and breadcrumbs had time to brown and really crisp up.  Maybe increasing the oven temperature, so they'd get "shocked" with more heat would work?  Or maybe that would just turn everything on the baking sheet into a cheesy, crumb-y puddle.

8 string cheese sticks
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup Panko
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg
1 Tablespoon water
1/4 cup flour
cooking spray
dipping sauce

(1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
(2) In small bowl, thoroughly whisk egg and water together.
(3) In another bowl, mix panko, breadcrumbs, and garlic powder.
(4) Roll one string cheese in flour to coat.
(5) Dip in egg mixture, then in bread crumb mixture, making sure cheese is well-coated.
(6) Place on a sprayed baking sheet; spray top of cheeses with cooking spray.
(7) Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until golden and cheese begins to melt.

Kid Participation:
* Peel string cheese wrappers
* Roll in flour
* Dip in egg
* Press into panko mixture
* Make deal with siblings about who gets which remaining cheeses for tomorrow's snack

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