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Fried Mozzarella Cheese Appetizers

 Fried Mozzarella Cheese Appetizers
Holidays are times to wow guests with awesome recipes like this. A crisp coating holds marvelous melted cheese, which tastes terrific when dipped into a homemade tomato sauce.—Jay Davis, Knoxville, Tennessee
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 pound part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 can (28 ounces) Italian crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Cut cheese into twenty-four 1/4-in. slices. Place the eggs, flour and
  • bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip cheese slices in eggs,
  • then coat with flour. Dip cheese again in eggs and coat with crumbs.
  • Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; refrigerate for at least 1
  • hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, saute garlic in 1 tablespoon oil for
  • 1 minute; add the tomatoes, oregano, sugar, basil and pepper. Bring
  • to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or
  • until slightly thickened.
  • In a large skillet, cook cheese slices in remaining oil over medium

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Fried Mozzarella Cheese Appetizers (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • heat for 30-60 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on
  • paper towels. Serve with sauce. Yield: 2 dozen appetizers (2-1/2
  • cups sauce).
Nutritional Facts: 1 appetizer with about 2 tablespoons sauce equals 123 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 257 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein.