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Fried Mozzarella Puffs

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Sometimes even the most fun of foods needs a little refresh. Not only are these mozzarella puffs crispier and more fun to eat than the original fried mozzarella stick, but they're also easier since no breading is required! I haven't forgotten the marinara sauce, but feel free to use other sauces."
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1 h 40 m servings 289
Original recipe yields 6 servings (12 puffs)


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  1. Combine water, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer; pour in flour all at once and reduce heat to medium. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until a dough starts coming together. Cook, scraping up and stirring the dough, for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat; transfer dough to a mixing bowl. Let cool until no longer hot but still very warm, 5 to 10 minutes. Add egg and season with cayenne and freshly ground black pepper. Whisk vigorously until mixture combines into a very soft, sticky dough. Switch to a spatula and scrape dough into a ball.
  3. Seal dough and spatula with plastic wrap and refrigerate in the bowl until cool, about 1 hour.
  4. In the meantime, season marinara sauce with oregano, red pepper flakes, balsamic vinegar in a small pot over medium heat. Add anchovy fillet. Stir together and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes; turn off heat and let sit until ready to use.
  5. Grate mozzarella cheese over the dough and stir to combine.
  6. Heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep fryer or heavy-duty pan over medium heat. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C) or any temperature for keeping warm.
  7. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough per puff and form into a football shape using two spoons. Fry puffs, 5 or 6 at a time, in the hot oil until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Keep puffs warm in low oven while frying the rest. Serve with hot marinara sauce.


  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 289 calories; 23.7 12.1 7.4 55 645 Full nutrition

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These are amazing. We kept some warm as suggested, and it was great. We didn't make the sauce out of laziness, but they are so crispy and delicious.

I made them according to the recipe for dinner and they were amazing! They were ever so slightly too salty for my taste but i will adjust and make them again. They were so crispy and tasty.

I made this tonight, with no changes to the recipe. They are fantastic. Wife and daughters all loved them. My wife and I liked the sauce. One daughter liked it, one didn't. Great recipe. I...

I had a dinner event and made this as an appetizer, super easy and I didn't have a single one left within 5 minutes! I made a second batch with almond flour as a gluten free option but they we...

I made these without modifications in an air fryer.

These little things are awesome. As someone relatively new to cooking, I've never deep-fried anything before, but these were super easy to cook. I might try this recipe with other cheeses some d...