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Deep Fried Ricotta Appetizers



1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
1/4 cup shredded provolone or mozzarella  (I like fontina too so any white hard cheese that melts well)
1 egg white
1 cup Italian flavored panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon each oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
dash of cayenne pepper
canola oil
Whip egg whites until extremely stiff. Mix both cheeses together, together with the herbs, spices and salt and peppers.
Fold in the whipped egg whites.
Add in the flour and mix all together.
Make round balls by using a melon ball scooper, and then roll them in the panko bread crumbs.
Heat oil. Drop a little batter in the oil to see if it sizzles. Fry until golden brown. Serve hot with Alfredo sauce or homemade Marinara Sauce.

21 comments:

  1. How clever is this? I absolutely love this idea. I've never had them and there is nothing I like better than any kind of cheese, panko and deep frying. I shall ignore my veins and try these at once!

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  2. Very creative of you to create these delicious appetizers! I would have never thought that the ricotta would hold up to deep frying. However, you have landed on the correct blend here. It has been awhile since I have come across a completely new appetizer like this-thanks for breaking up the monotony. Enjoy the day!

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  3. These sound terrific! A quick, easy appetizer and I bet it tastes better than fried cheese sticks.

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  4. I can get down with ricotta in the form of fried balls!!! Yummmmmmmmy

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  5. Not many things better than deep fried cheese - they look perfectly browned.

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  6. Wow, these must taste incredible, Claudia!!! So pretty, too~

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  7. oh mama-mia! This sounds delightful!

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  8. They look amazing!!! I want to make this RIGHT NOW.

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  9. Buone queste polpettine di ricotta. I keep the recipe, thank you!

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  10. I bet these just melt in your mouth!

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  11. WOW Claudia, your cheese balls are superb. My son would flip over these!!!

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  12. This is seriously awesome - these treats are one of my favourite italian appetisers :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. Oh, my! This is exactly the kind of treat that I can't resist. I would eat them all!!

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  14. These look lovely! What a perfect use for home made ricotta!

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  15. Bookmarked! If it has ricotta, you know I will make it!

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  16. I do love this idea. Very ingenious. Have a great weekend, Claudia. :)

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  17. Claudia this is brilliant. My grandmother made so many different varieties of fried appetizers but I don't remember her making this. I can't wait to make these.

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I've been soooooo busy lately I hope I get a chance to make these before the temps get too high.

    Joanne

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  18. Is there anyway to make them a little more "firm"? They were delicious but mine didn't stay together that we'll. Did I not firm up the egg white enough? Or something else? Not enough mozzarella? Any suggestions?

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  19. @Natalie... sorry they didn't stay together. I would suggest making sure you drain the Ricotta dry on a paper towel to sop up the moisture, maybe too much liquid, don't use extra large eggs and if that doesn't help add 1/4 cup grating cheese. I haven't had a problem using whole milk ricotta drained... hope that helps

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  20. I grew up with my ancestors from Italy serving these at all holidays. I still love them. and so easy to make.

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