Mozzarella Ball


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Mozzarella Ball
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An exclusive recipe for fried mozzarella balls, prepared by Italian chef Rosanna Marziale at Identità New York 2014: here are ingredients and preparation.

For the Pea Purée
For the Grilled Tomato Sauce
For the Mozzarella
For the basil Purée
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  • Recipe category Appetizer
  • Recipe yield 1
  • Recipe cuisine Italian

For the peas
Place a large pot of water on the stove and bring the frozen peas to a boil.

Once cooked, transfer the peas into a bowl of ice water; remember to preserve some of the water used to cook the peas.

In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil and add the thinly sliced shallot.

Let the shallot sweat until translucent.

Add the peas to the pan and let them cook for a few minutes.

Pour in a ladle of the cooking water previously set aside and continue mixing.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Blend everything with a hand mixer or in a blender until smooth.

For the grilled tomato sauce
Divide the tomatoes in half and grill them on a ribbed hot plate until the skin begins to blacken.

Remove the tomatoes from the hot plate and allow them to reach room temperature.

Once they have cooled, remove the burned spots from the skin.

In a sauté pan heat the olive oil and add the thinly sliced shallot.

Let the shallot sweat until translucent then remove the pan from the heat.

In a blender, blend the tomatoes and shallot together.

Once blended, pass the mixture through a fine colander.

For the mozzarella ball
Place a pot of salted water on the stove and bring to a boil.

Add the pasta and cook until al dente.

Transfer the pasta from the water to a sauté pan with extra virgin olive oil.

Toss it with the basil purée and the Grana Padano cheese.

Place the mozzarella in the microwave at 800 Watts for 1-2 minutes, until it softens.

With your hands, create a well in the center of the mozzarella ball.

Place the seasoned pasta in the well and close it to recreate the original shape.

Place the flour and breadcrumbs on two separate plates and whisk the egg in a wide bowl.

Dry the filled mozzarella balls and dip it first in the flour, then in the egg and lastly in the breadcrumbs.

Repeat the last two steps twice.

Place the mozzarella ball in a sauté pan filled with frying oil heated to 170°C and fry it.

To plate, place the pea purée on one side of the plate, the grilled tomato sauce on the other and the fried mozzarella ball in the center.

Serve piping hot.

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