April 21, 2012

Fried Mozzarella and Bacon Balls

Now who doesnt like gooey cheesy hot Mozzarella Balls with a  spicy dip to go with it? Yumm Yumm !!!What would make it all the more mouth watering is ...Bacon! According to me, anything with bacon tastes heavenly and if its paired with fresh Mozzarella, it is absolutely finger licking delicious. I made this for a recent party as appetizers and it sure did vanish in a jiffy. Although, when i made it the first time, my husband hated it. When i tasted it, i wanted to throw up too. I was quite dismayed because i had not checked if the cheese was fresh or not. So please do use only fresh cheese while making this or you will end up with a stale taste in your mouth which refuses to go every time you think of these otherwise gorgeous Fried Mozzarella Balls.I gave the regular appetizer a little twist with the addition of bacon and fresh herbs. Am sure you will thoroughly enjoying snacking on this while watching your next Cricket match at home with your bum chums.

You will need:
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese - 250 gms
Bacon chopped - 200 gms
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oregano - 1 tsp
Basil leaves chopped - 1 tsp or according to your taste
Eggs Beaten - 2
Bread Crumbs - sufficient to coat the balls
Oil for deep frying

Fry the chopped bacon in its own oil for a few minutes until slightly crispy.
Crumble the Mozzarella Cheese in a food processor or with your hand to form a smooth dough.
Add the fried bacon, salt, pepper, oregano, basil leaves and mix well to combine everything together.
Make small 1 inch balls with this dough.
Dip each of the ball individually in the beaten eggs and then roll in the bread crumbs. Repeat this step twice to get a crispy coating.
Keep in the freezer for about an hour. Freezing the cheese balls makes sure that it does not break and leak easily in the hot oil.
Heat sufficient oil in a deep pan.
Fry about 5 cheese balls at a time for about 30 seconds, drain and place on a tissue to absorb excess oil.
Serve hot with Italian Pizza sauce.

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