Sicilian Fried Dough Balls- Christmas Appetizer

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May. 07, 2015

Sicilian fried dough balls are a Christmas tradition with my friend Mel's Italian family. She shows me how to make the dough and the stuffed fried dough balls in this episode!


Flour 2 1/2 Pound
Warm water 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs) (more if needed)
Dry yeast 1/2 Ounce (2 packets)
Olive oil 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (plus 2 tablespoons)
Salt 3 Teaspoon (she poured salt into her hand and dumped it in)
Peanut oil 4 Cup (64 tbs) (For deep frying)
Provolone cheese 1 Pound (1 block)
For filling:
Pepperoni 7 Ounce (1 package)
Canned anchovies 4 1/2 Ounce (1 can, preferably in water, not oil)
Dark chocolate 8 1/2 Ounce (1 bag, Dove)



In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water and allow to activate for few minutes. Add oil in the mixture.

In a mixer, combine flour, salt and mix well Add yeast mixture and continue to mix until the dough turns smooth, elastic and shiny.

Remove from bowl and roll into a smooth ball. Coat the inner side of a large bowl with oil, place dough ball inside it and roll well. Cover with a towel and allow to rest in a warm place to rise.

Make even size balls out of doubled dough. Flatten and insert any filling like pepperoni, cheese, chocolate or anchovies..

Place on floured board and cover with a towel. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a fryer to 350F. Drop balls into hot oil and fry until golden.

Drain excess oil using paper towels.



Serve hot and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 40