Whenever were planning holiday get-together or birthday celebration with friends and family, the first thing I like to do is plan the dinner menu. We always like to invite our guests over an hour or two before dinner and serve a few small appetizers. My absolute favorite appetizer whether its at home or at a restaurant is fried mozzarella sticks.
Theyre even more tasty when you mix up the flavors a little bit! This week I used Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix (which is typically used for dips and salad dressing) to coat the mozzarella bites for a unique flavor remix. These little bite-sized appetizers are perfect for any get-together or even a family Italian night!
RANCH & PANKO MOZZARELLA BITES RECIPE
- 2 cups cherry sized fresh mozzarella balls
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups panko
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce
- other frying oil, deep fry thermometer
Drain the fresh mozzarella, pat dry and place in the refrigerator while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
Heat canola oil in a deep frying pot over medium heat and monitor with a deep fry thermometer until it reaches 360-370 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix flour and ranch seasoning mix. In second small bowl, whisk the eggs together. In a third small bowl, add the panko crumbs.
When the oil reaches the desired temperature, roll each piece of mozzarella in the flour/ranch mix, dip in egg until well coated and roll in panko. Repeat for all of the mozzarella.
Carefully drop 3-4 mozzarella balls into the hot oil and fry for 20 40 seconds, until golden brown. Set aside to cool and repeat for remaining mozzarella balls just a few at a time.
Serve with a cup of warm marinara sauce for dipping.