Monday, March 23, 2009

Bocconcini to the Rescue

If you haven't seen me post a blog article in more than 2-3 days (and you know that my computer is functioning properly), it probably means morale = low. This is usually due to a high-stress work week, working Saturdays and Sundays, or both. It's probably nothing that can't be cured by some cheese. Well, and maybe a little wine.

Those cute little balls of fresh mozzarella at the store called bocconcini are so tasty and handy to have around mealtime. Here are 3 things you could do with bocconcini:

1. Happy hour snack. Love fried mozzarella, hate Applebees? Me too. Roll the bocconcini in flour, coat with egg wash (egg yolk + tsp of water, beaten together), then roll in Panko breadcrumbs seasoned with salt and pepper. Fry in olive oil or vegetable oil until golden and crispy.

2. Elegant Caprese bites. Cut each mini-moz into fourths, and serve on a toothpick stacked with torn basil and a grape tomato. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with a mixture of balsamic vinegar + olive oil for dipping.

3. Pasta dinner bonus. Penne with tomato sauce is amped up by stirring in bits of bocconcini and fresh basil at the last minute.


Mom said...

I gave up cheese and chocolate for lent. is it too late to switch to watermelon?

Veronica said...

Hmmm. Yeah, it might be too late.