Fried Mozzarella on Homemade Mozz… Marinara. I Mean “Marinara.”

In my pantry today:

  • 6 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 2 c cooked spaghetti
  • 1/4 c chana dal (optional)
  • 4 c diced tomatoes from the freezer
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp canned tomato sauce
  • 1 c vegetable oil
  • 1 c flour/breadcrumb mixture I made for something a while back…
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida

Once again I was reminded by the horrible reality of frying just how much clean up is required after the act. I give a solemn nod, however, to the cheese for being worth it.

We’ll get back to the cheese in a minute. First, put large chunks of onion and garlic in the olive oil on M. Cook for about 10m then throw in the sugar and balsamic vinegar, stir to coat everything and reduce heat to L. Stir in dried thyme and oregano. Let it all sit and cook for another 15m while you empty the dishwasher ‘n junk. Add the mostly-thawed tomatoes you took out of the freezer at the beginning of your journey; cover and let thaw the rest of the way. In about 10-15m come back and increase temperature to MH to let come to a boil. Bring it to a boil for a few minutes then pour it into the food processor and pulse a few times for good measure (giant onion and garlic, remember — plus those pesky petite diced tomatoes still retain a little cubishism). Pour it back into the pot (add cooked chana dal if you have it) and bring back to a boil on M — let boil uncovered until the consistency pleases you.

Also, boil your pasta. Set aside. Now get out that little saucepan and pour in the vegetable oil. Crack and whisk the egg in a dish, pour flour/breadcrumb mixture onto a plate and slice your brick-o-cheese into little steaks or sticks. Assembly line their cute little bottoms through egg, breadcrumbs and into the grease (which is heated to full M-MH). Flip each plank after a minute or so then let cook until beginning stages of melty goodness are achieved. Let drain on paper towels while you fix your plate, then go to town. 5 spoons!

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