Crispy Fried Mozzarella Bites

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Excited for the Super Bowl in a couple weeks? Whether you watch the game for the teams, the commercials, or the excuse to hang out with your friends Doritos and Budweiser, it’s always a cause for celebration. So over the next week or so, here are some family-friendly appetizer ideas that are sure to whet your appetite. Everyone needs to make new friends, right?

For these Crispy Fried Mozzarella Bites, make sure that your oil remains at 375 degrees.  Remove the batch of cheese and recheck the oil to be sure that it is at the right temperature before adding more.  If the oil is not hot enough, it will take too long to cook, causing the cheese to shrink and ooze before the coating is a crispy brown.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 1/2 C fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 (8 oz.) block mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • Canola oil

Directions:

Place the flour into a zip-locking baggie. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper, seal, and shake to combine.

Break the egg into a small shallow bowl. Add the water and whisk until combined. Place the breadcrumbs into a shallow bowl.

Fill a deep fryer with the canola oil and preheat to 375 degrees. Place a few cheese cubes into the flour mixture and shake to lightly coat. Dip the coated cheese cubes into the egg mixture shaking off any excess egg. Roll each cheese cube through the breadcrumbs to lightly coat on all sides. Drop the coated cheese cubed into the hot oil. Fry 2 minutes, turning occasionally for even browning, or until the cheese begins to melt and the outside is a crispy golden brown.  Drain the cheese cubes on paper towel before serving. Makes 8 servings.

Preparation Time:  approximately 20 minutes
Frying Time:  approximately 2 minutes per batch
Draining Time:  approximately 5 minutes per batch

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