Monday, January 27, 2014

Mozzarella And Basil Bites

Talk about one of the best things I have ever tried, these are the perfect appetizer. Crisp on the outside and cheesy in the middle. Then use your favorite sauce and serve!!!! Another great one for the game this weekend..A little twist on fried ravioli.. And a great twist I may add..

  • 1 package of fresh mozzarella (cut to make 30 pieces)
  • 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon of water for egg wash
  • 15 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 30 sheets fresh wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup fresh extra virgin olive oil or canola oil (if your olive oil has sat in the pantry for months, use canola oil instead.)
  • 1 cup of your favorite warm tomato sauce, you can make your own or used canned
  • Drain the mozzarella on a a paper towel making sure that they are not moist or dripping with any liquid.
  1. Whisk the egg and water together with a fork.
  2. Wash and dry the basil leaves and then stack 5 together...roll them together into a little parcel, cut them length wise into little strips as shown.
  3. On top of one a wontons, place a piece of mozzarella , cut in half.
  4. Sprinkle a bit of the basil on top.
  5. Brush the outside of the wonton with the egg wash.
  6. Press ends together and tuck the ends underneath. Let rest for about a minute. This is to seal the wontons.
  7. Heat the olive oil in a LARGE pan till it reaches 350 degrees. Do not overheat the oil and do not use more than the recommended amount of oil, you are NOT deep frying.
  8. Place the little wontons  in the pan and cook (do not crowd, about 8 or 10 in the pan are just right. Cook till golden brown on each side, about a minute.
  9. Drain on paper towels.
  10. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  11. Serve with favorite warm sauce

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