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Meatless Monday: Pan Fried Mozzarella Marinara

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Just another meatless Monday… Who doesn’t love fried cheese? I sure do – especially with homemade marinara sauce – and it’s easy to prepare!

You can make it even easier if you use store bought marinara sauce! Just skip the steps to prepare the sauce.

Or if you want to use fresh tomatoes for the sauce, you can find my recipe for that here…

https://kerrysfoodthymes.blog/2019/09/05/homemade-marinara-sauce-using-fresh-tomatoes/

Cook/Prep Time – about an hour

Servings – 2

Ingredients:

For the Marinara sauce…

  • 1 – 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 small celery rib
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 small bell pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

For the Mozzarella….

  • 3 – 1/4 inch slices of loaf mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (for frying the cheese)

For the sauce, finely chop the carrot, shallot, celery, pepper and garlic. Place the olive oil in a saucepan or Dutch oven on medium heat and add the chopped vegetables. Sauté while stirring for about 10 minutes. Add the red wine and cook another 5 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and turn heat down to low. Chop the basil coarsely and stir it in. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on low heat, stirring frequently for 30 minutes.

While the marinara is simmering, prepare a cheese marinade by adding the olive oil, red wine, basil and crushed garlic and a dash of salt and pepper to a dish and add the sliced mozzarella and marinate for 15 minutes.

For the breading, whisk the egg and add the milk and stir together. Set up a breading station with a plate or dish of flour, and another with the panko mixed with the Italian seasoning.

Keeping one hand wet and one hand dry, grab a slice of cheese with your wet hand and place it in the flour and press the flour onto both sides with your dry hand. Place the floured slice into the egg wash and wet both sides with your wet hand. Remove the slice with your wet hand and place it in the panko mixture, pressing it onto both sides with your dry hand. Repeat the process with the rest of the slices.

Heat the canola oil in a skillet on medium heat. When the oil gets hot, fry the cheese slices until browned and flip and brown the other side. Remove from skillet and top with the hot marinara sauce. Serve with your choice of pasta. (I used pappardelle)

Enjoy!

Suggested songs to listen to while preparing the goodness…..

How about Luciano Pavarotti‘s “Pavarotti: The Duets” released in 2008 featuring duets with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Sting, Frank Sinatra and others?

“Manic Monday” – written by Prince and made famous by the Bangles from their 1986 album Different Light. Just substitute the word “meatless” in place of “manic” while preparing this dish!

2 Replies to “Meatless Monday: Pan Fried Mozzarella Marinara”

  1. Very impressive mr. Joynt ..it’s very obvious You got the Joynt Talent, thank for your time to create this blog…thank you sir!

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