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Fried Mozzarella

Fry fresh Italian mozzarella balls in a mixture of panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) and dried thyme to create a crowd-pleasing appetizer. Serve with tomato sauce that guests can dip into.

  • Yield: Makes 40
Fried Mozzarella

Source: Everyday Food, December 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko or plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound bocconcini (bite-size fresh mozzarella balls)
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • Tomato sauce, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place flour in a bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs. In a third bowl, combine panko with thyme. Season each with salt and pepper. Working with 2 bocconcini at a time, dredge in flour, shaking off excess, coat in egg, and roll in breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high until pinch of breadcrumbs sizzles and floats to the top when added. Fry bocconcini, 4 at a time, until golden brown, turning occasionally, 2 minutes per batch. With a slotted spoon, transfer balls to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Keep warm in oven and repeat with remaining bocconcini. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.

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