Sunday, February 20, 2011

Panko Crusted Mozzarella Cheese

I am debating an entering this for the local restaurant menu competition as an appetizer.  Panko Crusted Mozzarella Cheese that is flash fried.  It's served along side of clean Fresh Spinach Leaves with Diced Tomatoes drizzled in Reduced Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil, all flavored simply with S&P and Pressed Garlic.  Served with Sour Dough Toast.

I imagine this to be a shared appetizer, which is my favorite kind.  The diners can assemble these tasty treats to their liking.

For Mozzarella Cheese, buy the cheese in block form.  Cut 1/2" Slices and cut crosswise making triangles.  Preheat thoroughly an empty iron skillet or skillet suitable for frying.  Add 1" of Canola Oil and thoroughly preheat to 375F.  Get 3 flat bottoms bowls ready, Flour in one, 1 Egg beaten with a splash of water in the second and Panko Bread Crumbs in the third.  Coat the cheese only as you are ready to fry.    First in the flour, shaking off excess, then the egg mixture and lastly the Panko Crumbs.
Add to oil and quickly fry turning once.  Let cool on a paper towel.  Assemble onto your serving plate and serve immediately.  Mangia!

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