I love fried mozzarella and thought I would do a little experiment. I want a guilt-free version.
|Solid coconut oil - preparing to melt it for frying.|
|Diced mozz ball, egg wash, and bread crumbs.|
|The half that went in the oven.|
|The half that will be fried...|
|... in the coconut oil.|
|Looking good... and it's coconut oil - healthy - no need to be afraid of the frying!|
|Hmmm... the oven version flattened a bit.|
|The fried and the baked.|
|Dinner! Hamburger patty with sauteed mushrooms, snow peas, and the mozz balls with marinara. Yum.|
Here's how it went:
One ball of fresh mozzarella, diced
One egg, whisked
Seasoned bread crumbs
2/3 cup of coconut oil (about)
Dredge mozz cubes in egg and bread crumbs. Bake one half at 400 degrees for just under 10 minutes. (checked at 8, they were still firm. checked at 10, they were melted flat)
Fry the other half in coconut oil. Just takes two or three minutes. I did not use enough oil to cover them (pricey), so had to turn them half way through.
I prefer the fried texture, but didn't care for the coconut oil flavor. It was too sweet for what should be savory, in my opinion.
Both were delicious, but for perfection that suits my taste, I'll have to use a healthy, savory oil, such as tallow rendered from grass-fed beef!
When it's healthy fat... fry all you want! It's good for you.
How do you think you'd prefer your mozz balls?
UPDATE: I just scored 6 pounds of free, grass-fed beef suet yesterday. It's in the oven now, rendering into delicious, healthy tallow! I'll post about that next week... and I'll be trying these mozz balls again, soon!
SECOND UPDATE: I have since made another batch and fried them in the tallow. That's the winner! It was delicious!! Dipped them in Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce and it was awesome!
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