Thursday, January 3, 2008

fried green olives stuffed with bleu cheese

i took this from Bon Appetit and have been wanting to try it. i just had the thought, though, that lots of groceries have olive bars, and specifically stuffed olives. i bet this would be good done with deli olives, or goat cheese stuffed olives!

1 oz mild blue cheese, such as Maytag
24 pitted Spanish olives, patted dry

peanut oil, for frying
all purpose flour
1 large egg, beaten to blend
1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
Method -roll small amount of cheese into log shape narrow enough to stuff into 1 pitted olive. stuff olive with cheese. repeat with remaining olives and cheese.

-pour enough oil into heavy large skillet to measure depth of 1 inch. heat oil to 350. roll stuffed olives in flour, then in egg, then in breadcrumbs to coat. fry olives until golden brown, about 30 seconds. using slotted spoon, transfer olives to paper towels to drain. serve hot.

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