Fried Mozzarella Balls

Bite-size balls of gooey cheese wrapped in panko crumbs are an appetiser nobody can go past.

Fried Mozzarella Balls
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: Makes 40
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko or plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • coarse salt and ground black pepper
  • 450 g bocconcini (bite-size fresh mozzarella balls)
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • basic tomato pasta sauce, for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 120°C. Place flour in a bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs. In a third bowl, combine panko with thyme. Season each with salt and pepper.
  2. Working with 2 bocconcini at a time, dredge in flour, shaking off excess, coat in egg, and roll in breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high until pinch of breadcrumbs sizzles and floats to the top when added.
  4. Fry bocconcini, 4 at a time, until golden brown, turning occasionally, 2 minutes per batch.
  5. With a slotted spoon, transfer balls to paper towels to drain and season with salt.
  6. Keep warm in oven and repeat with remaining bocconcini.
  7. Serve with tomato pasta sauce for dipping.
 

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