STUFFED TOMATO CHEESE BALLS – DECONSTRUCTING CAPRESE

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Stuffed Tomato Cheese Balls is the deconstructed name and recipe for the Queen of Summer Salads- Caprese! Hang on! Before you think this is some fancy-pants-y recipe, just read on. This simple salad is called an Italian summer-time wedding by the New York Times and rightly so.

Stuffed Tomato Cheese Balls

I was watching an episode of Top Chef the other day and the task was to deconstruct a dish. I was wondering what that is and discovered it is the process of taking the ingredients of a dish apart and putting them back together in the same form or different, in the same or different quantities. That made me realize, Huh?! I do this with almost every meal! You increase or decrease the quantity as per your requirements right? Then, you just deconstructed a dish and aced through the task on Top Chef!

Caprese Salad

Alright, with this recipe I have done a little more than just modifying quantities. I took the components of a Caprese salad (Just simply tossed with each other), namely, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, salt, basil and pepper. Then, I mixed all the ingredients (except tomatoes) and stuffed them into the tomatoes.

So, far, nothing very different right? Now coat them with bread crumbs and fry them. Voila! Cheese balls? Stuffed tomato? Stuffed tomato cheese balls? Or just Deconstructed caprese? A rose called by any other name smells just as sweet. Caprese in the form of Stuffed tomato cheese balls just tastes as great. Probably even better!

Caprese Salad

Serving Ideas:

  1. Serve them as is with a drizzle of balsamic reduction on top (I gobbled them up this way)
  2. Toss them into a bed of greens. Spinach, aragula, lettuce. Your summer meal will rock!
  3. The best idea I think. Yet to try this one but I know this will be the best! Toss them into a plate of sphagetti marinara (in place of the meat balls)? Wow! Right?

Stuffed Tomato Cheese Balls

Just one more thing before I move onto giving you guys the amazing recipe. Er. Um. (Clearing throat :P) This is my 99th recipe! Yay! Next up is my 100th recipe and a Giveaway. Look out guys. A small gesture to thank all of you for your support.

For now, the recipe for

Stuffed Tomato Cheese Balls

STUFFED TOMATO CHEESE BALLS – DECONSTRUCTING CAPRESE

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 2

STUFFED TOMATO CHEESE BALLS – DECONSTRUCTING CAPRESE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 large egg (or 3 tbsp of corn starch made into a thin batter using water)
  • 1 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Directions

  1. Cut the tops of the cherry tomatoes and scoop out the insides.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and stuff them into the scooped out tomatoes.
  3. Beat the egg or prepare the corn-starch batter. Spread out the bread crumbs onto a platter.
  4. Roll the tomatoes in the egg/batter. Roll them in the bread crumb platter.
  5. Repeat step 4.
  6. Use your hands to lightly dust off the excess bread crumbs.
  7. Add the coated stuffed tomatoes into hot oil.
  8. Flip them gently to make sure they get fried evenly on all sides.
  9. Once they turn golden, drain them onto paper towels.
  10. Keep an eye on them when getting fried. If allowed to stay in hot oil for long, the cheese begins to ooze out.
  11. Use one of the multiple serving ideas for these deconstructed Caprese balls.

My Take:

You could try your hand at coating it with Panko or plain bread crumbs too.

If you are a fan of garlic-y flavors, add some garlic powder into the cheese stuffing.

Yummily Yours’

Prash

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9 Comments

  1. I’m 99.9% sure that these will become an addiction! May I have a platter full to go, please? 🙂

  2. Perfect crunchy snack

  3. These cheese balls are to die for. I wish I have some right now. Pinning! Btw, I am a huge fan of top chef! Can’t wait for the new season! 🙂

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  5. One Cup of Cherry Tomatoes???? Is that right?

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