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RANCH and PANKO MOZZARELLA BITES RECIPE

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Whenever were planning holiday get-together or birthday celebration with friends and family, the first thing I like to do is plan the dinner menu. We always like to invite our guests over an hour or two before dinner and serve a few small appetizers. My absolute favorite appetizer whether its at home or at a restaurant is fried mozzarella sticks.



Theyre even more tasty when you mix up the flavors a little bit! This week I used Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix (which is typically used for dips and salad dressing) to coat the mozzarella bites for a unique flavor remix. These little bite-sized appetizers are perfect for any get-together or even a family Italian night!



RANCH & PANKO MOZZARELLA BITES RECIPE



INGREDIENTS



  • 2 cups cherry sized fresh mozzarella balls

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour

  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups panko

  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce

  • other frying oil, deep fry thermometer



DIRECTIONS



Drain the fresh mozzarella, pat dry and place in the refrigerator while preparing the rest of the ingredients.

Heat canola oil in a deep frying pot over medium heat and monitor with a deep fry thermometer until it reaches 360-370 degrees F.

In a small bowl, mix flour and ranch seasoning mix. In second small bowl, whisk the eggs together. In a third small bowl, add the panko crumbs.






When the oil reaches the desired temperature, roll each piece of mozzarella in the flour/ranch mix, dip in egg until well coated and roll in panko. Repeat for all of the mozzarella.

Carefully drop 3-4 mozzarella balls into the hot oil and fry for 20 40 seconds, until golden brown. Set aside to cool and repeat for remaining mozzarella balls just a few at a time.

Serve with a cup of warm marinara sauce for dipping.




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