Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fried Mozzarella Balls with Quick Tomato Sauce

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I have been wanting to make those for quite a while, but since I don't like deep frying food at home, I kept postponing it. I finally made it, and my first thought was "why haven't I made this before?". They taste great, look cute and it's  a perfect party snack. Think of it as an elegant version of cheese sticks. I have seen recipes like this one in countless cookbooks and magazines, it's pretty much a no-brainier. I like adding dried oregano to the breadcrumbs, it gives the fried cheese balls a pizza taste.


Fried Mozzarella Balls with Quick Tomato Sauce Recipe:

makes 4 servings


For the cheese balls:

1  8 oz container of mozzarella balls, such as bocconcini

2 large eggs

1/4 cup of milk

1 cup of plain flour

2 cups of breadcrumbs or panko

1 tablespoon of dried oregano

salt and pepper

canola oil for frying


Drain the cheese and dry on paper towels. Prepare your breading station by having 3 bowls ready. Put flour in one, season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix the eggs with the milk and pour into the second bowl. Add the breadcrumbs with the dried oregano to the last bowl and mix well.

Dip each piece of cheese  in the flour, then in the egg mixture and lastly in the breadcrumbs, shaking off excess after each step. Repeat the breading process again and place cheese balls it in a plate.

Heat 2 inches of oil in a medium sauce pan to 350 degrees. Carefully lower cheese balls, a few of a time and cook until they are golden, about a minute or so. Remove and drain in paper towels. Repeat with the remaining cheese making sure oil comes up to temperature before adding more cheese.

You may keep it warm in a 200 degrees oven for a little while, or serve immediately with your favourite tomato sauce.


For the quick tomato sauce:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 14 oz can of diced or whole tomatoes

1 teaspoon of dried basil or oregano or a combination of both

salt and pepper


Heat the oil over medium-heat and add the onions. cook until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for a minute more and add the tomatoes. Fill half of the tomato can with water and add to the pot. Add spices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until sauce is thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Anonymous said...

Pode parar tudo! Eu quero! ADORO mussarela frita...

Finla said...

They look so yummy delicious.

oneordinaryday said...

These look perfectly delicious!
I made the cauliflower salad you posted about and it's definitely a new favorite. I blogged about it and linked to your post. Thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

It doesn't get much better than crispy fried cheese! Yum!

Anonymous said...

Hi there, great idea to go with a tomato or salsa sauce. I have a mozzarelline recipe too in my blog. Like you, I hardly do deep frying at home. I will try your sauce next time.

Anonymous said...

These look amazing. I just might be frying up some cheese balls this weekend.

Anonymous said...

I love fried cheese, how bad does that sound? My husband however, never wants to get it when we are out in restaurants. But if I make it at home I bet he just might eat it. I like the elegant take on them, they are much prettier than mozzarella sticks. :)

Anonymous said...

These look so delicious! They remind me of a snack I used to eat at a restaurant as a kid. I just found your blog and love it, by the way. Great photos!

Karen said...

Great snack!

Maria said...

I normally don't like fried foods, but I think you just changed my mind!

Rita said...

Mauro - quem nao gosta de um queijinho frito, ne?

Happy cook- thanks, they are delicious

Michelle- I am so happy you liked the salad! Thanks

jillian - you bet!

janetcing - I love that you added safron to yours, must be so good!

Sara - thanks, I hope you do fry some and enjoy it!

Deseree - I have the same problem with my husband. I found out that the "don't ask just serve" technique works pretty well, and he is always happy with the meals.

ourlifeinfood - welcome and thanks!

Karen - it sure is.

Maria - once in a while it's good to go deep...fried!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! That's my kind of appetizer. :)

test it comm said...

Those look so good! Perfectly golden brown!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Yum, yum, yum, I wish I could reach into my computer monitor and eat one of these! Or maybe more...

Anonymous said...

Вкусняятиинаааа!! =)

Tanya said...

YUM! These look delicious! I didn't know making cheese balls was so easy. Thanks for the great recipe.

Anonymous said...

Looks photoshopped, I can tell. I've seen a few 'shops in my day.

Anonymous said...

It looks Delecious :)

tv auctions said...

It's only a enhancement. The taste is what matters.

Jenn said...

My step-daughter loves fried cheese, so I made these for her birthday BBQ. Everyone absolutely loved them. I think they were gone in under 10 minutes. Thanks for sharing!

cclark1107 said...

I so wanna PIN this recipe, but I don't see a Pin It button! Oh no!

Erin said...

These are really quick to make and easy as well - what more could I want? Everyone loved them as well!

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