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.