Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fried Mozzarella Sliders with Marinara

     Fried Mozzarella Sliders!
     Gourmet sliders are still a popular food trend that is going strong.  Gourmet sliders of every kind are offered these days.  Sometimes it is hard to draw the line between what is a slider and what really is a mini sandwich.  
     The classic definition of a slider is a cooked mini burger patty made with any kind of ground meat on a mini roll.  By this standard, anything else is really just a mini sandwich.  By modern standards, the definition of a slider is a bit looser.  Modern sliders are made with pork belly, pulled pork barbecue, blackened tuna, beef tenderloin, prime rib, veggie patties, crab cakes and even fried fish.  Much to the dismay of traditionalists, as long as a featured item is hot and it fits on a tiny roll, then it can be called a slider in modern times.            
     A few years ago, I attended the San Gennaro Feast in Las Vegas.  Attending that event gave me a chance to catch up on new Italian American food trends.  I posted photographs of some nice tasting Meatball Sliders that I sampled that day.  The little Meatball Sandwiches were tasty and it was a good Italian slider idea.  I also saw Mozzarella Sliders on the menu at one of the other vender stands.  This was another good Italian slider idea!
     Making Meatball Sliders is fairly easy to do.  Making Fried Mozzarella Sliders does require a little bit more skill.  I used to make Mozzarella en Carrozza (Pan Fried Breaded Mozzarella) at an Italian restaurant during my first apprenticeship.  The trick part is frying the breaded mozzarella just long enough to soften the cheese.  Frying just a few seconds too long will result in soft melted cheese that easily leaks out of the breadcrumb coating.  When done just right, Fried Mozzarella Sliders are a sheer pleasure to eat, especially when they are topped off with a good Marinara Sauce!  

     Shiny Hamburger and Slider Rolls:
     Follow the link to the recipe in this website.

     Marinara Sauce:
     Follow the link to the recipe in this website.
     • Classic Marinara Sauce 
     About 1/3 cup of Marinara will be needed to garnish 3 Fried Mozzarella Sliders.  Gently warm a portion of the Marinara sauce in a sauce pot over low heat as needed.   
     Fried Mozzarella Sliders with Marinara:
     This recipe yields 3 sliders.  (1 portion)
     Chilling or partially freezing the breaded mozzarella before frying will provide a few extra seconds before the cheese becomes soft.   
     Step 1:  Select a ball of Fresh Mozzarella Cheese that is 3" to 3 1/2" diameter.
     Cut 3 slices that are about 3/8" thick.  (Each slice of Fresh Mozzarella should be the same size as a Slider Burger Patty.) 
     Step 2:  Place 2 cups of fine plain Italian breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl.
     Lightly seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 2 pinches of oregano.
     Mix the breading ingredients together.
     Step 3:  Place 1/2 cup of flour in a small mixing bowl and set it aside.
     Step 4:  Place 1 large egg in a mixing bowl.
     Whisk till blended.
     Set the egg wash aside.
     Step 5:  Dredge the 3 slices of Fresh Mozzarella in the flour. 
     Dip 1 floured cheese slice at a time in the egg wash and make sure it is completely coated. 
     Dredge each egg washed cheese slice in in the seasoned breadcrumbs.
     Step 6:  Place the Breaded Mozzarella slices on a parchment paper lined platter.
     Chill in a refrigerator or freezer to 35ºF.
     Step 7:   *It is best to get the slider rolls and sauce ready, before frying the cheese.  
     Cut 3 warm Shiny Slider Rolls in half.
     Place the rolls on a plate and set it aside.
     Heat about 1/3 cup of Marinara Sauce in a small sauce pot over very low heat.
     Step 8:  Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  
     Add enough blended olive oil, so the oil is about 3/8" deep in the pan.
     Adjust the temperature, so the oil is 350ºF.
     Step 9:  *Breaded mozzarella cheese fries very quickly!  Be ready to flip the mozzarella over when halfway done and be ready to remove it from the hot oil before it overcooks.  Do not fry for too much time, because the cheese will melt and leak out of the breading.
     Place the 3 Breaded Mozzarella Slices side by side in the hot oil. 
     Fry till the bottom side is light golden brown.
     Use a slotted spatula to turn each Breaded Mozzarella over.
     Fry the other side till it is light golden brown.
     Step 9:  Use a slotted spatula to remove the 3 Fried Mozzarella from the hot oil.
     Place the 3 Fried Mozzarella Slices on the Shiny Slider Rolls.
     Spoon about 2 tablespoon of Marinara Sauce on top of each Fried Mozzarella Slider.
     Lean the tops of the Shiny Slider Rolls against the sliders.
     Garnish the plate with Italian Parsley sprigs and pickles of your choice.

     Gooey Fried Mozzarella with Marinara on Shiny Rolls is the best Italian munch you never had! 

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