Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fried Mozzarella and a Giveaway!

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After frying for the first time a few months ago, I've officially conquered my fear of it.  For those of you that know me, you know I'm afraid of a lot of things.  I often think with a "what if" mentality. So when I first considered frying, I immediately thought about the possibility of hot oil burns and crazy oil fires that I wouldn't be able to control... totally normal, right???...

Since trying frying for the first time, I've found it far easier than I expected.  No injuries to share with you- only deliciously crisp and golden fried finger foods.  I've been feeling so confident, that I thought of going out on a limb and making fried mozzarella without a recipe to follow.  After making the Jalapeno Poppers recently, I learned that double breading creates a nice crisp exterior and seals cheese in well.  So I decided to use the same technique with mozzarella.  

Fried mozzarella is one of my favorite appetizers and is something I love to order out at a restaurant.  This homemade version is an exact replica and is extremely easy to re-create. It requires very few steps and ingredients. You can make it using a mozzarella block for a slice of cheese you can cut into or using individually packed string cheese you buy for your kids to take to school for the perfect fried mozzarella stick.  No matter which you prefer, either form of fried mozzarella is delicious and easy to make at home!
 

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To make fresh fried mozzarella, you can use a 16 oz. block of fresh mozzarella like this one:


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Take your cheese and slice it into 1/2 inch thick pieces:

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Then prepare your dipping bowls by combining your beaten eggs in one bowl and bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in the other:

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Dip your cheese into the egg:

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Then cover it with breadcrumbs, pressing down so the breadcrumbs stick:

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Then dip it back into the egg:

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And finish with the breadcrumbs again:

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I also experimented with string cheese to make traditional mozzarella sticks. Using string cheese, follow the same steps as listed above:

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Meanwhile, combine a large saute pan with 2 inches of vegetable oil.  Heat it over medium heat until a small clump of breadcrumbs and egg sizzle when it's dropped into the oil.  Temperature should be about 375 degrees:
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Then carefully drop your mozzarella into the oil:

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Fry until golden, about 30 seconds:

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Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and continue to fry the rest of your cheese.  Then serve them with a side of a marinara sauce for dipping:

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Cut into your fried mozzarella and let the cheese ooze out... yum!

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Fried Mozzarella
Makes: 10 slices or cheese sticks
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1, 16-ounce block of mozzarella cheese or package of string cheese
4 eggs
2 cups breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
vegetable oil
1 cup marinara sauce for dipping

Directions
Slice your mozzarella block into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Then prepare your dipping bowls by combining your beaten eggs in one bowl and bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in the other.  Dip your cheese into the egg,
then cover it with breadcrumbs, dip it back into the egg, and finish with the breadcrumbs again.

Meanwhile, combine a large saute pan with 2 inches of vegetable oil.  Heat it over medium heat until a small clump of breadcrumbs sizzle when dropped into the oil.  Temperature should be about 375 degrees. Then carefully drop your mozzarella into the oil.  Fry your cheese until golden, about 30 seconds.

Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and continue to fry the rest of your cheese.  Serve them with a side of a marinara sauce for dipping.
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67 comments:

  1. OMG fresh fried mozzarella? I can already tell that has to be the best ever.

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  2. I could go for some fried mozzarella right now! Tasty looking pictures!

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  3. Congrats on conquering your fear! These look delicious. You have inspired me to get over my frying fear!
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  4. This looks so tasty!! I haven't tried making these yet but I'm sure I will.

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  9. Fried mozzarella is one of my weaknesses!

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  12. Yum!!!! Awesome job, as always, Chels! I've been dying to try making fried mozz balls... I even borrowed my dad's fryalator to try after my last frying episode in the kitchen led to a burn in our floor... oops!

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  13. I love the All Clad cookware
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  16. I'm sipping a nice glass of red and then I come across this post with the beautiful cheese stringing from the fork! Ugh.....This looks amazing! I need fried cheeeeeez.....

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  20. Don't know anything about Joss&Martin, but I do know about good deep-fried mozzarella! Such a classic on restaurant appetizer menus ... ridiculous how easy and wonderful it is when homemade, isn't it? Well done, Chelsea!

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  21. Congrats...these people also make pre sliced and at time I find it easier.

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  25. Mmmm, fried mozarella, I so need to do this!

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  35. Love these, but I have yet to try frying mozzarella! Going to have to do it now.

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    Can't wait to try the mozzarella!

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    these sound delicious!

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  43. That fried mozz looks AMAZING!

    I'd love a piece or two of that French bakeware :)

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  46. I love frying things now that I know how! (apparently it wasn't something my parents did while growing up). It's awesome! I love fried cheese at home and yours looks great!

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  47. My hubby is going out of town this weekend and I am going to treat myself to this recipe! Yummmmm! Thanks for the recipe and instructions.

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