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)|
|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!