Fried Mortadella-Stuffed Olives

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Sicily's vibrant green, buttery Castelvetrano olives are worth seeking out for their mild, not-overly-briny flavor. Here, they're transformed into more sophisticated bar snacks when stuffed with fried mortadella and then fried to golden perfection—a nod to Italy, where it's common to find deep-fried olives stuffed with ground pork or other meats. If you can't find mortadella, a cured meat, substitute bologna instead. Then pair these cocktail bites with an Italian aperitivo, such as a Negroni.

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Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen for Crate and Barrel

Fried Mortadella-Stuffed Olives
5 from 48 ratings
Pair your Negroni with these golden, Italian-inspired bar snacks.
Prep Time
20
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
20
stuffed olives
Total time: 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 to 3 pieces mortadella or bologna, sliced thin
  • 20 Castelvetrano olives, pitted (use an olive pitter)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. In a 10-inch skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry the mortadella until brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and pat with paper towels to remove excess fat.
  2. Cut the fried mortadella into 20 small strips, each about ½-inch wide and 1 inch long. Roll up each strip and place inside a pitted olive.
  3. Place the flour, eggs and bread crumbs in 3 different dishes. Coat each stuffed olive in flour, then egg and then bread crumbs. Repeat to fully coat the olives.
  4. In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil until it bubbles. Fry the olives until the coating is golden brown, about 1½ minutes. Remove the olives using a slotted spoon.
  5. Drain the olives on a paper towel and season immediately with salt and pepper. Serve warm. Crate and Barrel provided the products featured here and sponsored this post.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 79
Total Fat 5.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 17.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 6.6 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Total Sugars 0.4 g
Sodium 92.7 mg
Protein 1.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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