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Grilled Cheese Sticks with Marinara

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

6 ounces mozzarella, Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese

30 Keebler (R) Town House (R) Original Crackers (crushed to 1 cup)

1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

2 eggs

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup marinara sauce, recipe to follow

Quick Blender Marinara Sauce:

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

3 to 4 basil leaves, roughly torn

Directions

  1. Cut cheese into twenty-four 1 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/3-inch pieces. In shallow dish combine cracker crumbs, Italian seasoning and pepper. In another shallow dish slightly beat eggs.
  2. Line baking sheet with wax paper. Dip cheese pieces in egg. Roll in crumb mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet. 
  3. Lightly brush heavy skillet with olive oil. In skillet cook cheese pieces, a few at a time, over medium heat for 2 to 4 minutes or until browned, turning once. 
  4. Outdoor Grill Instructions: Preheat grill. Place heavy-duty foil on grill rack. Place cheese pieces on foil-covered grill rack. Cover and grill over medium heat for 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese melts, turning once. Serve with marinara sauce. 

Quick Blender Marinara Sauce:

  1. Combine tomato sauce, olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a blender and puree. Transfer to a small pot to heat on the stovetop or microwave until warm. Fold in torn basil leaves.
  2. PER SERVING (2 crackers): 130 calories, 5g fat, 260mg sodium, 10g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugar, 5g protein