Mozzarella in Carrozza Mediterraneo

Total Time:
24 hr 45 min
Prep:
35 min
Inactive:
24 hr
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
24 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • For the basil puree:
  • 1 pound fresh, cleaned basil tops (no stems)
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 3 pounds whole milk, fresh curd
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 pound thinly slice prosciutto di Parma, (approximately)
  • 1 pound all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 10 eggs, beaten, for egg wash
  • 1 1/2 pounds fine bread crumbs
  • 2 cups oil (approximately), for frying
Directions
  • Combine basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.

  • Bring 5 quarts of water to a simmer and remove from heat.

  • In a large mixing bowl, break apart the curd into small pieces (it is best to use your hands). Season the curd with kosher salt.

  • Carefully pour the hot water over the curd. Using 2 long wooden spoons, carefully but quickly begin working the curd, forming it into a smooth, lumpless ball. Once curd is of smooth texture, remove from water and place onto a plastic film lined sheet pan.

  • Evenly stretch the mozzarella on the sheet pan to cover the entire surface. Spread a thin layer of the basil puree on the mozzarella. Place a thin layer of the prosciutto di Parma over the basil puree. Using the underlying film, begin rolling the mozzarella tightly, forming a pinwheel.

  • Wrap the entire log of mozzarella in plastic wrap and place into refrigerator. Allow to rest for 8 to 24 hours.

  • Slice the mozzarella log into 1-inch pieces. Dredge in flour, then in egg wash and then lightly coat with bread crumbs. Reserve in refrigerator until time to pan fry.

  • Pan fry in oil until golden brown on both sides.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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