What’s betterÂ than friedÂ chicken?Â Why,Â Italian Fried Green Olives with Smoked Mozzarella that’s what.Â My husband & I tried these little guys in Venice &Â we’ve loved them ever since.
I’ve not been able to find a decent recipe for the fried goodies, but I think I finally found a recipe worth sharing.Â Enjoy.
- 2 cups medium-large green olives, pitted
- About 1/2 cup smoked mozzarella bits (about 1/4″x1/2″ in size or as big a piece you can fit into the whole of the olive)
- About 1/2 cup flour
- About 1/2 cup milk
- About 1 cup fine breadcrumbs or Panko (I’d recommend 2 pieces of white sandwich bread ground finely in the mini-food processor)
- 1 toothpick
- Oil for frying
Heat oil in a fryer or a large saucepan with about 3 inches of oil to medium-high heat.
Stuff with a piece of mozzarella.
Place flour, milk and breadcrumbs in 3 separate small bowls.
Using a toothpick, coat olive in flour. Tap off the excess flour. Dip olive in the milk. Then, coat olive thoroughly in the breadcrumbs. Set on a plate and repeat for remaining olives.
Dip a flat sieve in the hot oil so that the breadcrumbs won’t stick to it. Transfer about 1/3 of the olives to the hot oil using the sieve and fry for about 30-45 seconds. Drain on a plate covered with a paper towel. Repeat for remaining olives. Serve hot.