Mozzarella Milanesas

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

How could these not be good? Slices of mozzarella coated in egg and crispy panko breadcrumbs and then fried for a couple of minutes on each side until oozy. I made these after I found a lonely ball of mozzarella at the back of the fridge and half a packet of panko breadcrumbs in the cupboard. They'd be lovely with a little pot of chilli sauce to dip them in or alongside a curly-leafed green salad. 

mozzarella milanesas

Mozzarella Milanesas
Makes 6-7 milanesas
70g Panko breadcrumbs
125g ball mozzarella
1 tsp Italian herbs (basil, oregano)
half teaspoon chopped red chilli (or mild chilli paste)
1 egg, beaten
vegetable oil, for frying

Tip the breadcrumbs out into a shallow bowl and place the bowl with the beaten egg alongside. 
With a sharp knife, slice the mozzarella into approxiately 1cm thick slices. Add the herbs and chilli to the beaten egg and stir well. 

Take a slice of the mozzarella and dip into the egg, then the breadcrumbs; and then repeat so you get a double layer of breadcrumbs on the mozzarella. Don't worry if it doesn't cover the cheese completely, you need a good, general covering. 

Repeat with the rest of the slices. Next, heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan and lower in the breaded mozzarella slices. Don't crowd the pan or they won't turn crisp - cook in batches if you need to. 

Fry for 2 minutes each side, or until golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and serve, while still hot. 

* ETA: I made these for a third time yesterday and found that for some reason (it didn't happen so much with the other times) the egg slipped off the mozzarella too easily. If you like, you can always dust the mozzarella slices in plain flour before dunking in the egg and then the breadcrumbs. 

Do you think you'll try these?