Can I Make a "Fried Mozzarella Pizza Bomb"?
This "Fried Mozzarella Pizza Bomb" from Twisted on YouTube looked kind of epic and tasty -- a big fried mozzarella ball stuffed with pepperoni, basil & sundried tomatoes that I had tried to make it. :)
Attempt #1: Frying
In the video, they use 4 mozzarella balls. I just made 1.
What I Used:
- Fresh Mozzarella ball (one)
- Pepperoni (a few slices)
- Sundried tomatoes (a few slices)
- Fresh Basil (a few leaves)
- Panko breadcrumbs
I cut up the pepperoni, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil into smaller pieces. I cut a little hat into the mozzarella ball -- only ~1 cm in; I didn't slice all the way through.
I scooped out some cheese to make room for the filling.
I put the filling in and I added batter (flour, then egg, then Panko breadcrumbs). So far, so good. Then I fried it.
RESULT: Success / Fail. :)
We are good at this. / We are good at this? I had some trouble when I was flipping it and getting it out of the pot and it kind of fell apart. I always have trouble flipping things whether they be in a pot or a pan like pancakes. Haha. :) It still tasted good. :) Crispy and cheesy! The filling tastes really good with the fresh mozzarella.
Because of my problems flipping it, I cooked it a different way the next time. :)
Attempt #2: Air Fry
I decided to give it a try in the air fryer. Then I wouldn't have to flip it! Haha. :)
I used half of a mozzarella ball because that is what I had and I thought the size of this would work better the time needed to brown Panko bread crumbs.
I used the same ingredients for the filling & breading as in Attempt #1. This time, I used the trick of breading it in one container that I learned from Roxy Chow Down when I was making popcorn shrimp. (see link)
RESULT: Success. :)
We are good at this. I may have pulled it out of the air fryer a few minutes early because I didn't want to overcook it, but it worked! And I had an intact Fried Mozzarella Pizza Bomb.
Cooking things in the air fryer taste slightly different than frying them, but it was still crispy and cheesy! And in this case, it helped because I didn't have to worry about flipping it and it stayed intact. :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!