On a previous post I mentioned that a baked mozzarella dish I was served in Florence sparked my mozzarella obsession. While that is true, that wasn’t the only mozzarella dish that made my heart melt during our two week long trip. While all of the food in Italy was good, to this day one of the best meals I have ever had anywhere, was at Il Buco in Sorrento. We ordered their tasting menu which on it’s own was scrumptious, but imagine my delight when before that even started we were brought a complimentary appetizer, a deep fried caprese bite. Fresh mozzarella balls, sweet basil and cherry tomatoes were coated in a light batter and fried until golden, oh be still my heart. Since I can’t walk on over to Il Buco, I had to give it a try at home and I’m glad I did.
When these were served to us they weren’t on skewers, but I couldn’t think of another way to keep them together while frying. Once they were cooked, I was able to remove the skewers and the bite stayed together. However, you can leave them on the skewer too, in fact if you are having a dinner party, I think leaving them on the skewer makes for a nice presentation.
BrendaJanuary 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm
YUM!!!! I am going to try drizzling them with a balsamic glaze. Double yum!
DesereeMay 13, 2009 at 7:48 pm
I hope you enjoy them Elizabeth!
haha Thanks Hillary, we can’t be healthy all of the time ;-)
Thanks Sheila! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
SheilaMay 13, 2009 at 9:39 am
What a great idea to put them on a skewer! I can’t wait to try it.
HillaryMay 13, 2009 at 8:04 am
This is awesome. I love how you took something fresh and healthy-seeming and just fried it! Would love to try this someday :)
Elizabeth F.May 12, 2009 at 5:51 pm
Such a great twist on caprese skewers – I would love to try these!
DesereeMay 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm
Marta: Thank you for adding me to your blog list! That is very nice of you :)
Liesl: I love caprese salad too, and everything is good fried right? ;-)
haha redmenace, I promise I am not trying to kill you. I hope you like them!
Only crazy people Michelle. It seems like everything on a stick is good!
MichelleMay 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm
I love it on skewers. Who doesn’t love food on a stick??
amyMay 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm
I LOVE this idea!
redmenaceMay 12, 2009 at 11:17 am
Oh my. You are trying to kill me. These look amazingly tasty. I can’t wait to try it!
finsmomMay 12, 2009 at 10:56 am
My goodness, that is my kind of appy! Yum!
Such a clever and cool idea!
LieslMay 12, 2009 at 7:47 am
What a great idea!! I love caprese salad…but fried!! Now there is something I could sink my teeth into!
MartaMay 12, 2009 at 5:55 am
Deseree this looks fantastic! I’m glad you experimented at home and nailed your feavourite recipe! What a great reward for some kitchen adventure! Thye look delicious, I can just picture them being the talk of the night at a cocktail party!
I don’t know if I told you, but I added you to my blog list :) I just love your site, so elegant and simple :)
Thanks for sharing!
DesereeMay 11, 2009 at 8:02 pm
Thanks Mrs. L! Whenever I have fried mozzarella I usually have sticks, but the little balls really do fry up nicely.
I know what you mean Rita! Fried cheese is probably one of the best things ever! :-)
Thanks Zoe! I usually just drop a drop of the batter into the oil and if it sizzles then I know that the oil is hot enough. Hope that helps!
zoeMay 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm
omg, I thought I wouldn’t love caprese salad any more than I already do, but this is amazing! I have to try it! How did you know when the oil was hot enough?
RitaMay 11, 2009 at 7:09 pm
hummmm, fried cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mrs. LMay 11, 2009 at 1:47 pm
I buy mini-mozzarela balls all the time but would have never thought of deep frying them. Yum!