Cheese Fritters

Serves 4 – 6


  • 2 1/2 ounces day old bread, crumbled
  • Milk
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto di San Daniele, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 2 1/4 cups grated Montasio cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 large red peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded and pureed
  • 6 basil leaves
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Place bread in a bowl and add just enough milk to cover; let stand until brad absorbs the milk; squeeze excess milk out of the bread and set aside.
  2. In a small sauté pan, cook the prosciutto in 1 teaspoon olive oil until it begins to brown. Cool.
  3. In a separate bowl beat the eggs with a fork until frothy; add to the bread with the garlic, parsley, cooled prosciutto and cheese and combine to make a thick mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile make the sauce:
  5. Heat the 1/4 cup olive oil in a medium saucepan, stir in the garlic and cook until it softens; do not let it brown. Discard the garlic. Add the pureed peppers and cook for about 5 minutes on medium-low heat or until the sauce thickens slightly. Cover and keep warm.
  6. With floured hands shape the cheese fritter mixture into 10 - 20 balls. Or use two soupspoons to form them.
  7. Have ready vegetable oil at 375°F for frying. Fry the balls a few at a time until golden brown; drain them on absorbent paper. Keep warm as you make them.
  8. To serve, spread some of the sauce on serving plates and add balls to each plate.
  9. Serve with basil leave garnish or a chiffonade of basil.

This recipe was featured on Season 27 - Episode 2706.

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Nick T

Just made Mary Ann’s cheese fritters because I had Montasio on hand and some stale bread. This is such a simple recipe idea but really good and filling. I wanted to “clean out the fridge” so I served them with some leftover tomato sauce instead of the pepper sauce, and that turned out perfectly. I will try with the pepper sauce next time. Thanks for the ideas as always, Mary Ann! 🙂

Chanel Rodgers

Was not happy with the results. Thought they would be more full of flavor. Good but not great.


Wonderful recipe! Made them just as you did and they turned out great. Thank you Mary Ann!! Love your show and am a longtime fan.

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