Recipe courtesy of Team Purple Reign

Fried Cheese with Purple Pride Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Cheese Sticks:

2 quarts peanut oil

1 pound mozzarella

1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1/4 tablespoon onion powder

1/4 tablespoon paprika

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

1/4 pound Parmesan, finely shredded

Dipping Sauce:

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon celery salt

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 pound blackberries


Special equipment:
Bamboo skewers, soaked for 30 minutes or metal with heat resistant gloves
  1. Heat the peanut oil in a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut the mozzarella into 1/2 by 1/2 by 2-inch strips and wrap them with prosciutto. Mix the flour, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika together in a bowl. Add the buttermilk and egg and whisk until combined. In a shallow bowl, combine the panko and finely shredded Parmesan.
  3. Insert skewers into the mozzarella, dip them into the batter, then coat them with the panko mixture.
  4. Deep-fry, in batches if necessary, until golden brown, approximately 2 minutes. Transfer the mozzarella to a serving platter.
  5. Combine all of the dipping sauce ingredients, except the blackberries, in a medium bowl. Mash the blackberries through a metal strainer to remove the seeds.
  6. Mix the blackberry juice into the dipping sauce and serve with the cheese sticks.
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