Crumbed Pesto & Mozzarella ‘’A-maize-balls’’

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The quickest way to get a home filled with happy people is to make these scrumptious Crumbed Pesto and Mozarella “A-maize-balls”. These little mouthfuls of joy are simply amazing – they will instantly get your people in a festive mood, singing your praises in between bites.

Makes: 16

650 ml water
1 c (250 ml) FEAST Super Maize Meal
1 tsp (5 ml) freshly ground salt
½ tsp (2.5 ml) freshly ground pepper
80 g basil pesto
200 g Mozzarella, cut into 16 little cubes
¾ cup (180 ml) seasoned cake flour
2 eggs, beaten
2 c (500 ml) dried coarse bread crumbs (Panko crumbs are great for this)
vegetable oil for deep frying

To serve:
500 ml ready-made Napolitana sauce, heated

In a medium pot, heat the water, salt and pepper until boiling. Add the FEAST Super Maize Meal and stir vigorously over low heat for 5 minutes or until smooth and thickened. Stir in the pesto.
Decant into a large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Divide the mixture into 16 even pieces. Flatten a piece in the palm of your hand, place a mozzarella cube in the centre, curl the pesto maize meal around the cheese to form a ball. Repeat until you have 16 pesto balls. Chill for at least 15 minutes.
Dip the pesto balls in seasoned cake flour, followed by egg and lastly a generous coating of bread crumbs.
Heat the oil and fry the balls in batches until golden and some mozzarella starts to ooze out (3 – 5 minutes).
Place onto paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Serve hot with warm Napolitana sauce for dipping.