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Antipasti

No recipe image available.A delicious Italian appetizer tray of roasted vegetables and breaded fried cubes of mozzarella cheese lightly drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with julienned basil leaves.

Recipe Ingredients:

6 cups mixed greens, such as mesclun, gourmet, Italian or Mediterranean salad mix
1 cup artichoke heart quarters, drained
1 cup roasted red peppers, drained
1/2 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
1/2 cup ripe olives
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, ** cut into 3/4 cubes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, optional
1/4 cup julienned fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon dried basil, optional

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place greens on large serving platter. Arrange artichoke hearts, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and olives over greens.
  2. Combine bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and salt in shallow bowl.
    Dip cheese cubes in egg, then bread crumb mixture, turning to coat all sides thoroughly. Repeat process, coating cheese in egg then bread crumb mixture again.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Place cheese cubes in skillet; cook 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown, turning frequently to cook all sides.
  4. Place cheese on antipasto platter; drizzle with vinegar and sprinkle with basil, if desired. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

*Note: Substitute 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil, rosemary and thyme, if desired.

**Note: Substitute provolone cheese, cut into 1/2 cubes, for smoked mozzarella, if desired.

Recipe provided courtesy of the American Dairy Association.