Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Crispy Smoked Mozzarella with Honey and Figs

A perfect appetizer for your party!

Cook Time: 15 min
Level: Intermediate
Yield: 6 servings


   * 6 sheets phyllo dough
   * 6 ounces smoked mozzarella, cut into 6 equal pieces
   * Vegetable oil, for frying
   * 8 ounces dried figs, stemmed and quartered
   * 3/4 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
   * 3 teaspoons black sesame seeds


In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F.

Place 1 sheet of phyllo on a dry work surface. Place one slice of cheese about 5 inches from the top of the narrow end of the sheet. Fold the top of the narrow end over the cheese, leaving 1 inch between the fold and the cheese. Next fold over 1 of the long sides then the other, again leaving 1-inch between the folds and the cheese. Then fold the cheese over, again leaving 1-inch between the fold and the cheese. Continue folding to make a package about 3 1/2 by 4-inches. Continue with the remaining pieces of cheese and phyllo.

Fry the phyllo and cheese packages, 2 or 3 at a time, in the oil until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

Meanwhile, heat the figs and honey in a small saucepan over low heat until the honey is warm. Set aside until the cheese packages have finished frying.

To serve, place 1 cheese package on a plate. Spoon some figs and drizzle some honey over the top of each cheese package. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and serve immediately.


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