The Very Best Fried Mozzarella
Just one thing....
When the owner of Ivy House came around to ask how everything was, I said :
"Well, there is just one thing>" Poor lady, she looked concerned.
I said: "You know that picture of the fried cheese on the menu? It's really got to go. It makes it an appetizer that is impossible NOT to order!!"
And, then we all burst into laughter.
But, no joke, it is divine.
Recently my sister moved to Florida from Texas and since then we have been running all over the state of Florida being tourists and sampling the cuisine along the way.
Before I moved to the small town I now live in, my home was in Ocala which is located in Marion County a beautiful county which is a must visit area for those who venture to our fair state. There are horse farms and an abundance of natural beauty to see and enjoy.
There are also many restaurants, enough to please even the most discriminating palate. One that has foods you are sure to enjoy is The Ivy House is located just off Silver Spring Boulevard
That is where my sister and I discovered the dish I am sharing with you today. It is considered an appetizer but it can easily be served as a meal if you serve a salad or soup along with it.
Who knew that fried mozzarella would be this delicious. I hope you have an opportunity to give this a try.
Fried cheese is baked too...
Rather than deep frying this to get the cheese fully melted, I toasted them in the oil and butter until golden brown and then transferred to a baking sheet.
The oven had been preheated to 500. The sandwiches sat in there for about 10 minutes to finish the melting process.
Serve these hot.
Warm marinara sauce and serve along with it.
- 6 slices Italian bread, cut in one inch thickness slices
- 3 slices mozzarella, cut 1/2 inch thickness
- 2-3 pats butter, melted
- 3-4 ounces olive oil
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- seasoned bread crumbs if desired, Italian are good but choose your favorite
- 1 jar marinara, if desired for dipping
This Will Be My Next Way to Try This Dish
Bread and mozzarella sliced and ready
- Place large skillet on your stove (electric griddle can be used as well). Melt butter in pan....bring temperature to medium or medium high depending on your stove.
- Mix egg and milk together. Dip top side of bread in the mixture ever so briefly. Then dip in bread crumbs. Place moistened side on the skillet.
- Place cheese on the bread. Allow to cook for a few minutes until it begins to become golden brown. Dip second slice of bread in the egg mixture and bread crumbs then top the cheese with it. Turn so that this moistened bread is on the skillet.
- Add more butter if needed. Allow to cook till golden; cheese may even ooze out and that is fine. For best results after they have become golden brown, transfer to the oven to finish melting the cheese. The bread will remain crisp and will not be overloaded with oil and butter.
- Serve hot. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
|Serving size: 1/2 sandwich|
|Calories from Fat||108|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 12 g||18%|
|Carbohydrates 18 g||6%|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 12 g||24%|
|Cholesterol 130 mg||43%|
|Sodium 325 mg||14%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|