Something tasty (and not necessarily healthy-to-the-max) might be beneficial as it releases seratonin and makes you a happier person overall! At least, that's our story and we're sticking to it when it comes to indulging in fried foods. Once a week you should treat yourself, and what better way than with these little fried dough balls of pure joy?
Serve these with a lovely, fresh, creamy cheese like Crescenza or Stracchino, and a generous portion of salty, sweet Prosciutto crudo, and there's not one family member who will complain about dinner tonight! A true recipe for happiness, but use it in moderation, both for the health element but also the surprise factor.
Prepare the dough
In large plastic or glass mixing bowl, add water, yeast, and sugar. Allow yeast and sugar to dissolve. Once they’ve dissolved, slowly add flour and mix ingredients with a sturdy wire whisk to blend everything together. Break up any lumps that might form. Add salt, and continue to blend ingredients together. Although dough will seem very sticky and runny, cover bowl with kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and allow to rise for 45 minutes or 1 hour in warm place.
Cook the coccoli
Place paper towels onto nearby baking tray or plate, put near frying area.
Place oil in deep soup pot and heat to 175-180C (ideal frying oil is either peanut or sunflower oil). Coat soup spoon in oil and remove spoonful of coccoli dough. Add into pot with heated oil, and repeat until surface has several coccoli shapes cooking without overcrowding area. Allow to fry until nicely golden in color, remove from oil. Place onto prepared paper-lined tray or plate and allow paper to absorb excess oil.
Finish the coccoli
Once coccoli have been slightly cooled and excess oil absorbed, adjust to taste with salt. Serve hot, accompanied by a lovely serving of aged Prosciutto, fresh Stracchino cheese, and a dab of fresh tomato sauce.
75 minutes 7 ingredients 435 kCal
75 minutes 8 ingredients 570 kCal