Saturday, February 7, 2009

"Gourmet's" Fried Mozzarella Balls

***Okay, so maybe these aren't the healthiest things in the world...I mean, it is fried cheese after all. However, every once in a while you just need to indulge! Haha. These are definitely worth it!! This recipe came from the same issue of Gourmet magazine as the lasagne below. The only thing that I did differently was use fresh mozzarella that came seasoned with italian herbs. It turned out even better with the herbs mixed in. Just look at that cheesy goodness in the photo!***

Fried Mozzarella Balls
Makes about 3 dozen
Active time: 25 min
Start to finish: 45 min
Gourmet Magazine
January 2009

From Gourmet:
"These bite-size mozzarella balls have a crisp outer shell and a perfectly gooey center. For an even creamier texture, make your own fresh mozzarella. View more of our favorite recipes from this issue."
About 5 cups vegetable oil
1 lb drained marinated bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), patted dry
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup plain fine dry bread crumbs
A deep-fat thermometer
warm homemade or bottled spicy tomato sauce

Heat about 1 1/2 inches oil to 360°F in a 3 1/2- to 4-qt heavy saucepan.

Meanwhile, double-coat bocconcini by dipping in eggs, then in bread crumbs, and repeating. Transfer to a sheet of wax paper.

Working in batches of 10, lower balls into oil with a slotted spoon and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 30 seconds per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. (Return oil to 360°F between batches.)


HoneyB said...

Yum, I could eat some of these right now. I hate being hungry and looking at food, but yet too lazy to get right up and fix something to eat at the moment! lol

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is so simple but so delicious! I'm going to try this soon and I will tell you how they came out! Thanks for sharing this! :)

Colleen said...

Oh YUM. If I wasn't so scared of deep-frying I would make these!

Tami said...

Beeeautiful! I'm craving this right now!