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



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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


Serve with roasted red pepper sauce.