Spicy Breaded Mozzarella Balls

2 12 2010
 I am at a loss to think of many things that are better than gooey melted mozzarella cheese and crunchy fried  breadcrumbs with a little hint of spice. That is why I simply love these little fried mozzarella balls, they are delicious either by themselves, with a spicy tomato sauce or a sweet chili dip.
 
 Your guests will love how they taste and you will love how easy they are to prepare.
 
Ingredients:
1 lb drained bocconcini (small mozzarella balls)
3 large eggs
1 cup panko dry bread crumbs
4tbsp white flour
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1tbsp milk

Method:

Drain the liquid from the mozzarella balls and pat dry with some kitchen paper

Beat together the eggs and the tablespoon of milk with a little bit of salt, the milk will help make the egg wash really smooth and the egg will break down the membrane in the egg helping it stick better.

Mix together the flour, salt and pepper in a ziplock bag and then poured in the drained mozzarella balls making sure that they get an even coating. Shake off any excess flour.

Dip the balls into the eggwash ensuring they are well coated

Mix the garlic powder, cayenne and paprika in with the breadcrumbs and make sure everything is well combined before adding the mozzarella balls

place the balls back in the egg wash and then dip them again in the breadcrumb. This double breading will help ensure an even coating and will make the balls extra crunchy and delicious.

Fry the balls in vegetable oil for about 1 – 2 minutes until they are lovely and golden.

Serve immediately with a nice dipping sauce or keep warm until needed in a low oven

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Easy and delicious homemade pesto

9 11 2010

Who doesn’t love pesto?

It is just so versatile and delicious, if you are in a hurry it is great by itself over fresh pasta, it can be drizzled over a salad or you can use it as part of a tasty lunchtime treat (here)

The pesto that you buy from the shops is good but it isn’t as fresh as it could be and will never be as good as one that you make at home.

Pesto is so easy to make that there really shouldn’t be any need to even think about buying it from the store.

All you need is a food processor and 5 simple ingredients:

100g pine nuts

1 clove of garlic

300g of basil

100g Parmesan cheese

extra virgin olive oil

Place the pine nuts, the basil and the garlic into the food processor and blitz together until you have something that resembles biscuit crumb in consistency

Now add in enough oil for it to become a paste, probably about 3 1/2  or 4 tablespoons.

Taste your pesto, you might find that you want to add a little bit of sea salt to it but that is down to you.

There we have it fresh delicious pesto in less then 5 minutes








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