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Cook's notesFor stuffing we add 100g of course breadcrumbs soaked in milk, squeezed and added to 350g of sausage meat, the zest of one orange, 1 large red onion diced and cooked till soft, a couple of finely chopped dried apricots and some sage, thyme and parsley finely chopped
- 500g herby sausage-meat stuffing
- 100g fresh mozzarella or other good melting cheese
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 200g Panko breadcrumbs
- oil for frying, e.g. vegetable or sunflower
- salt and pepper
Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Step 1To make each one, take about 40g of the stuffing and press it in to a disc in the palm of your hand, break off a baked-bean-sized piece of mozzarella and push it into the middle and form the edges round in your hand so you end up with a ball of stuffing with the cheese in the middle. Roll into an even ball and repeat until it is all used up.
Step 2To breadcrumb the balls, lay out 3 shallow bowls, put the flour in the first, the eggs in the second and the breadcrumbs in the third. One at a time dredge the ball in the flour, shake off the excess, dip and roll it in the eggs and drop into the breadcrumbs rolling and pressing until totally coated. Set to one side.
Step 3Heat enough oil in a deep pan to deep fry with, bring slowly up to 180°C/Gas 4. Deep-fry until golden brown and piping hot in the middle. Keep warm in an oven and serve on cocktail sticks.