Happy New Year, everyone!! I know its been almost a month since the new year, but better late than never I guess! I have been meaning to share this recipe with you since after Christmas but finally today, I got to make this post on Tasty treats! Yes, things are really hectic over here, I just dont know how to manage my time. Its totally weird that even now, I cant really say that I have adjusted to having to work, spend a chunk of my spare time in commute and still having to be a mom and a wife, all the while wishing to keep my blog going!! I had to skip the Daring Baker's challenge for December becuase I just couldn't figure out a time to do it! All the working food bloggers out there, please give me pointers!! :-)
Anyways, we had a quiet but nice Christmas meal with just the three of us. I had tried roasting Cornish Hens for the first time, along with a few other new recipes, which I am hoping to share with you soon. We had these amazing cheese balls as appetizers. These are very quick to put together, but they would definitely impress your guests in their looks, not to mention its wonderful taste. The texture of the soft, melting cheesy balls add onto the great appeal of these easy appetizers. Make sure to serve them warm, so as to keep the cheese melted.
I found this recipe in the Food Network Magazine at work, in a small ad for Viva Paper towels. The recipe has been shared by Jeannine Williams. I really didnt make any changes to the recipe except for that I didnt have garlic powder (I thought I had it, but it turned out on the day of cooking that I didnt!! - should have checked first!). So ours were probably lacking the flavor, which we absolutely didnt notice, because they were delicious!! The tomato ketchup dip is definitely the perfect accompaniment for these golden-brown fried cuties!
Recipe (Makes approximately 44 balls) :
Ricotta cheese (15oz. container) - 1
Eggs - 2
Shredded Mozarella Cheese - 2 cups
Seasoned bread crumbs - 2 cups, divided
Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp
Vegetable oil - for frying
Tomato sauce - for dipping
Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large pot or deep fryer until the termometer registers 360F.
Mix together ricotta and eggs.
Add mozzarella cheese, 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs and garlic powder.
Roll cheese about the size of golf balls, toss in remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
Carefully place in oil.
Fry a few at a time, about 1 minute 30 seconds.
Drain on paper towels (Viva ofcourse!!) and serve warm.
- We got about 20 big cheese balls (not golf ball sized for sure!!)
- Serve warm so that the cheese is still melted.
- Coat the balls well, with bread crumbs. If the cheese portion is exposed, it might melt and stick to the bottom of the pan.
- I used plain toasted bread crumbs and not seasoned crumbs.
Have a great week ahead!! See you soon with more recipes...