fried mozzarella salad with arugula & prosciutto

There’s nothing not to love in the combination of warm and crispy mozzarella, fresh leafy arugula, and salty prosciutto.

By: Anna Decker / 04/13/2016

A mustardy dressing with shallots and honey binds it all together. Our favorite Hot Bread Kitchen focaccia is served alongside so you’re welcome to eat this meal as a salad or to make your own sandwich bites. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you'll need: 8 oz fresh mozzarella 5 oz large leaf arugula 1 small shallot 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 packet Dijon mustard 1 packet honey 1 cup panko 1 piece Hot Bread Kitchen Focaccia 2 oz prosciutto olive oil coarse salt freshly ground pepper 2 large eggs

Equipment: 2 shallow baking dishes large skillet

Recipe steps: 1. Prep ingredients Preheat oven to 400°F. Slice mozzarella ½-inch thick. Trim ends from arugula and cut in half. Halve, peel, and thinly slice shallot.

  1. Make dressing Whisk vinegar, shallot, 1 teaspoon Dijon, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1 tablespoon oil in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Bread mozzarella Beat eggs in a shallow baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Place panko in a separate shallow baking dish. Dip mozzarella in egg, turning to coat. Remove from egg, letting excess drip back into bowl, and dredge in panko, pressing to help adhere. Dip back in egg, turn to coat, and dip back in panko.

  3. Fry mozzarella Heat ½ cup oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. (Drop a few breadcrumbs into oil; it will sizzle when it’s hot enough). Add mozzarella and cook, flipping halfway through, until golden brown on both sides, about 6 minutes. Briefly transfer mozzarella to a paper towel lined plate to drain, then transfer to plates.

  4. Finish salad Add arugula to dressing and toss to coat.

  5. Plate Warm focaccia in the oven directly on the rack, about 5 minutes. Serve focaccia with salad, mozzarella and prosciutto. Enjoy!

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