Mangia Mondays:: Fried Mozzarella

Hi you!
Did you have a good weekend?  Eat anything delish?
It’s Mangia Mondays over here, the day Kristin of Delightfully Dowling and I talk food! 
Join in our blog hop with a recipe, restaurant review, whatevs – anything food related will do!  
We’d love to hear what’s rocking your world in the kitchen these days.
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Did I mention to you that I have a teenager?  
Yep, I sure do.  14 years old since last Friday at 6pm.  He was born in time for dinner and from the moment he entered this world he was a hungry lad.  In his teenagehood he’s become known as the bottomless pit, the trash compacter, the pantry emptier.  He looks for something to eat ALL THE TIME, rifling through drawers in the fridge, searching high and low in the pantry, hunting and gathering tasty between-meal snackaroonies.
{My niece Kate and my three hooligans.}
Oooooh, how I was his favorite mom the day I made these.  Yep.  Favorite.  Okay – so also his only mom – but let’s not split hairs right?  I’m sticking with favorite.
I bought these mozzarella rounds at BJs thinking they would be a great school snack (according to Livestrong, 1 little ounce of mozzarella has 7 grams of protein and 18% of the recommended daily dose of calcium.  Look for mozzarella made with skim milk for a low-fat snack.)
I tried a new-to-me brand, purchased 100% because the name of the cheese company also happens to be the last name of my cutie patootie niece and nephew.
But despite bearing the name of our little munchkins, the bag of cheese sat in my deli drawer for way too long, ignored and unloved.  When interviewed on the subject, the teenager and his sidekicks deemed this brand of cheese a bit on the bland side.  Blah.  Yawn.

Until!!!
This mama had a brainstorm.  
Fry those suckers right up in a little panko, that’s right.  
Who doesn’t love fried mozzarella??  

And did I say my word yet??….E.A.S.Y.  You know I love some easy cookin.
Unwrap individual cheese sticks or rounds.  Whisk an egg in one bowl, and in another place panko seasoned breadcrumbs.  Dip the cheese into the egg and then press the breadcrumbs onto the cheese.  
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat until shimmery, then add breaded cheese and fry until golden on each side.  Serve hot, with marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

With the egg and the breading it’s not exactly the healthiest snack, but without a doubt a surefire way to be popular with your peeps (my popularity lasted about 10 minutes until all the mozzarella was consumed.)  I shamelessly cook my way to my teenager’s heart.  I buy his love and affection with fried mozzarella, it’s true.

Okay – you’re turn!  What have you been cooking up in that kitchen of yours??  I’d love to hear about it.

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