Freshly Fried Mozzarella Bites


Cheese is one of life’s pleasantries.  This appetizer is truly amazing and beats traditional fried cheese sticks.  Impress your friends at this year’s super bowl party with fresh batches of fried mozzarella bites!

Now I have to tell y’all cheese is a huge weakness for my husband and I.  Goat cheese, feta, sharp cheddar, Gouda, provolone, Gruyere, are just a few of our preferred cheeses.  This snack came about after I purchased fresh mozzarella balls to use on skewers with different meats.  Well my husband and I didn’t really care for this mozzarella. I was determined not to let it go to waste!  I can’t stand buying something that doesn’t get used!  I searched the internet for mozzarella uses and stumbled upon a recipe for fried cheese balls by Down Home with the Neelys!  Now my original intention was to use the cheese for a healthy snack but…I couldn’t resist trying it out!

The results were nothing but shear deliciousness!  I will definitely be making these for my next party!  The crunchy outside combined with the gooey cheesy inside is incredible!  I especially like the freshness that the basil leaves added to the overall flavor of each bite!

This recipe below shows my own chosen ingredients.  I did not use the Neelys recipe, just their frying idea.   Try it out for yourself!  Amazingly enough this only took 8 minutes to prepare and cook an entire tub of mozzarella bites!

Fried Mozzarella Bites

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tub of mozzarella balls in water (bite size),

1 cup Italian bread crumbs

1/2 cup crushed Italian croutons

2 tbsp chopped basil, freshIMG_1797

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup flour

vegetable oil, for frying

marinara for dipping


Strain the mozzarella balls and pat dry with a paper towel.

Put the flour in a small bowl.

Put the beaten eggs into a 2nd small bowl.

Combine the bread crumbs, crushed croutons, basil, pepper, and salt into a 3rd bowl.

Pour vegetable oil into a medium size pot so that it is 1/2 inch deep.  Heat the oil to medium high.

Roll each ball into the flour to fully coat.

Dip each ball in the egg to fully coat.

Roll each ball in the bread crumb mixture using a fork to fully coat.

Fry the balls for about 45 seconds on each side.  Fry in batches of 5.  Use tongs to transfer balls in and out of the hot oil.

Set freshly fried mozzarella bites on a clean paper towel to get rid of excess grease.

Plate and serve with a bowl of marinara!  🙂




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