Fried Mozzarella With Anchovies, Capers, And Garlic Sauce

Fried Mozzarella With Anchovies, Capers, And Garlic Sauce
Fried Mozzarella With Anchovies, Capers, And Garlic Sauce

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    balls fresh water-packed

  • mozzarella cheese - (8 oz ea) cut into

  • four

    1/3" to 1/2"-thk rounds

  • All-purpose flour

  • 1

    large egg beaten to blend

  • 3

    cups fresh breadcrumbs - (abt 8 oz) (made from crustless French bread)

  • 2

    tablespoons butter - (1/4 stick)

  • 6

    garlic cloves minced

  • 1

    cup fresh Italian parsley leaves - (packed)

  • 1/2

    cup olive oil

  • 1/3

    cup drained capers

  • 1

    can anchovy fillets - (2 oz) drained

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

Coat cheese in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Place on baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. Meanwhile, melt butter in small skillet over low heat. Add garlic; sauté about 3 minutes. Transfer mixture to processor. Add parsley leaves, 1/4 cup oil, capers, anchovies, and lemon juice. Blend until coarse paste forms. Season with salt and pepper. (Cheese and sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover separately; chill. Rewarm sauce slightly over low heat before serving.) Heat 1/4 cup oil in large skillet over high heat. Working in batches, fry cheese until brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer fried cheese to plates. Spoon warm sauce over cheese. This recipe yields 8 first-course servings.

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