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Tomatillos, fresh mozzarella and the decadence of the fryer

February 10, 2010

Lightly fried slices of tomatillos coated in masa harina, toasted cumin and oregano on a slice of fresh mozzarella with a drizzle of cilantro oil.

I got a home fryer so I am creating some new fried recipes. As I always say the key to life is moderation. Eat everything, just not too much! It is hard to beat the rich flavor and texture frying provides. I am using canola oil which keeps it healthier. I remember working in my first restaurant when I was 13 and one of my jobs was to cut the boxes of lard open and drop them into the fryer! Those days are gone but the beauty of frying is not.This was a five-minute dish that was so satisfying. A tomatillo is actually in the gooseberry family but you can think of it as a green tomato in texture and taste. Its natural acidity balances the crispy fried coating of masa. (You could also use finely ground corn tortillas). The slice of crispy tomatillo, still hot, sunk into the slice of fresh mozzarella. You get the crispness tartness of the tomatillo and then the most decadent rich milky mouthfeel from the mozzarella. The toasted corn flavor of the masa, oregano and cumin play catch in your mouth with the fresh cilantro. This was a perfect appetizer with a glass of Torrontes (White wine from Argentina with an herby crispness).

You can easily do this in a deep pan with an inch or two of oil. Slice the tomatillo(first pull of the husk and rinse under hot water to remove sticky coating). Toss it in a mixture of the masa harina (or ground corn tortillas) and spices. Drop it in the oil until golden on both sides. Lay it while hot on your slice of fresh mozzarella and drizzle some olive oil on top with some fresh chopped cilantro. A pinch of salt it always key to bring all the flavors together. Enjoy!

Eat Well, Enjoy life, Be happy

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2010 5:59 am

    Hi Jeffrey! I’m a devout follower of your blog ;). I came by to see if you had any recipes for egg tarts… I tried going through your egg Tuesday entries but failed to find one. Mind sharing if you have any?? Please let me know – I’d love to use yours before I go looking for anybody else’s! -dee

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      February 11, 2010 7:49 am

      thank you dee! I appreciate the support! Do you want a quiche type recipe? Best, J

      • February 12, 2010 5:39 pm

        Yes- that would be perfect!

  2. February 14, 2010 4:39 am

    i love mozarella! i wanna try this one, but some ingredients doesnt have in our country.. any alternatives?

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      February 15, 2010 7:43 pm

      Any soft milk cheese, green tomatoes or even red ones that are not too juicy. Enjoy!

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