Fried Olives Stuffed With Mortadella

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
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Pair your Negroni with these golden, Italian-inspired bar snacks.
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stuffed olives
Total time: 30 minutes
  • 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
  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.
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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