These Fried Bocconcini Balls are a tasty appetizer recipe! Breaded bocconcini cheese fried to golden, crispy perfection. Definitely something to go nuts about!
An Easy Cheese Appetizer Perfect for Parties
Still thinking about cheese…
I’m all for a fried mozzarella stick for an appetizer. They’re good, a staple. Nothing to go really nuts about though.
But these fried bocconcini bites are definitely something to go nuts about. Bocconcini are those little balls of fresh mozzarella that come packed in water, you can usually get them in the deli section of your grocery store.
I love the flavor and texture of fresh mozzarella as opposed to the regular stuff. I mean when you think about it, how can you go wrong with fresh bocconcini thats breaded and fried?
They not too hard to put together either, which makes them even better.
How to Make Fried Bocconcini
You set up the traditional breading station, bread crumbs, eggs and flour.
Take your bocconcini out of the water and dry them off well.
Bread them in the usual way, flour first, then the eggs, then the bread crumbs. The key to these bocconcini bites is that you have to bread them two times. Yes, you have to double bread these things so that the cheese doesn’t explode when you fry them.
Did it- I tried the easy way- don’t do it.
It’s a little bit of work, but I promise you, it’s worth it.
After you bread them you have to stick them in the freezer for 20 minutes. Be patient- let them chill.
OK, I’ll be honest with you, I skipped this step. As you can see in the final picture, I did get some cheese oozing out a little bit, which is what the freezing will help prevent. But oozing cheese really doesn’t bother me.
Make up your quick spicy marinara sauce, or you can use your favorite jarred sauce, and dive in. You can also dust the tops lightly with parmesan cheese to make them look nice, and what’s wrong a little more cheese?
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Fried Bocconcini is such a delicious appetizer recipe! Breaded bocconcini cheese fried to golden, crispy perfection.
- 2 packages, 8 oz. containers of fresh bocconcini
- 1 cup of Italian Seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- splash of milk
- 1 cup of flour
- salt and peeper
- 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- a pinch or two or crushed red pepper flakes
- Canola or vegetable oil
- Lay the bocconcini out on paper towels and dry them off well. Set up a breading station with the flour in one dish, the eggs and a splash of milk in another dish and the bread crumbs in the last dish.
- Dip the bocconcini in the flour first, then the egg mixture and last coat them in the bread crumbs. Go through all the mozzarella balls this way until they’re done. Then repeat the breading process.
- Lay them on a sheet pan and freeze for 20 minutes. You can skip this step if you’d like, the cheese will just ooze out a little more.
- Fill a deep sided pot half way with the oil and heat until the temperature reaches 400 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, just throw a cube of bread into the oil after about 15 minutes. if it fries up crisp in a few seconds, you’re ready to go.
- Fry the bocconcini in batches so you don’t over-crowd your pot and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Season with salt or parmesan cheese as soon as they come out of the oil. Repeat until all the bocconcini are fried and let rest for 5 minutes.
For the Spicy Marinara Sauce
- Cook the onion in a tablespoon of olive oil on low heat for 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for a minute more.
- Add a pinch or two of the crushed red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you want your sauce.
- Add in the crushed tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
You can start the sauce before you fry the bocconcini so that they will both be done at the same time. Or you can swap out jarred marinara sauce, too.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Fried
- Cuisine: Italian
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