Mozzarella Cubes On Spaghetti Sticks With Pizzaola Sauce

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 526


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, crushed through a press
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon red hot pepper flakes

1 pound mozzarella cheese, preferably fresh, cut into thirty-six 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup seasoned dry Italian bread crumb

10 strands spaghetti, broken into thirty-six 3-inch lengths
vegetable shortening or vegetable oil for deep-frying


1 TO MAKE THE SAUCE: In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomato sauce, water, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside and keep warm. (The sauce can be prepared up to 1 day ahead, covered, and refrigerated. Reheat before serving.)

2 TO MAKE THE CUBES: Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line one baking sheet with waxed paper, and another baking sheet with paper towels. In a deep Dutch oven, melt vegetable shortening over high heat to a depth of 2 to 3 inches and heat it to 365°F.

3 Place the flour in a shallow bowl. Beat the eggs in another shallow bowl. Place the bread crumbs in a third shallow bowl. One at a time, roll each mozzarella cube in the flour, dip in the eggs, then coat completely with the bread crumbs. Set aside on the waxed paper.

4 Deep-fry the spaghetti until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Using a wire-mesh skimmer, transfer to the paper towels to drain and cool. In batches, without crowding, deep-fry the mozzarella cubes until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using the skimmer, transfer to the paper towels and keep warm in the oven while frying the rest.

5 To serve, spear each cube with a spaghetti stick. Serve immediately, with a bowl of the warm sauce for dipping.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 526
Calories from Fat: 261

This Mozzarella Cubes On Spaghetti Sticks With Pizzaola Sauce recipe is from the Fried & True: Crispy and Delicious Dishes from Appetizers to Desserts Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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