RITZ Spinach-Mozzarella Sticks

If you love spinach dip, you'll love this appetizer! A cheesy spinach mixture is frozen and cut into sticks, then fried and served with roasted red pepper dip.

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Prep time:

0 min

Total time:

0 min

Servings:

0

Ingredient list

  • ¾ cup tightly packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • ½ cup drained roasted red pepper s (1/2 of 12-oz. jar)
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 40 RITZ Crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 qt. (4 cups) oil

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Recipe Tips

1

Place spinach and 1 Tbsp. water in a microwaveable bowl. Cover and microwave until starting to wilt, about 30 to 45 sec. Cool, then chop.

2

Mix cream cheese, mozzarella, garlic powder and cooled spinach until blended; spread onto bottom of parchment-lined 8-inch square pan.

3

Freeze 30 min. Meanwhile, blend mayonnaise, peppers and lemon juice in blender until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

4

Beat eggs in shallow dish until blended. Place flour in separate shallow dish, then place cracker crumbs in third dish.

5

Use parchment handles to transfer cheese mixture to cutting board; cut in half, then cut each half crosswise into 16 sticks. Working in small batches, dip cheese sticks, one at a time in flour, then eggs, then cracker crumbs, turning to evenly coat each cheese stick with each ingredient.

6

Heat oil in deep fryer to 350°F. Add cheese sticks, in small batches, to hot oil; cook 30 to 40 sec. or until golden brown. Remove from oil with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Cool slightly.

7

Serve with roasted red pepper sauce.