Panzerottis are like fried calzones and is a very popular dish in Southern Italy especially in the region of Puglia. These fried treats are guaranteed to be loved by everyone in the family! The most time consuming part is making the dough! However you can get the kids involved and make it fun!
The most time consuming part is making the dough! However you can get the kids involved and make it fun!
Make the dough: In a large bowl, mix together the two flours. Dissolve the yeast in some of the warm water, followed by the sugar. Dissolve the salt in the rest of the warm water. Add the yeast and sugar mixture to the flour, and slowly add the salt water whilst using your hands to bring the dough together. Drizzle in the oil, and turn the dough out to a smooth surface and continue to work with your hands until it is soft and smooth.
Divide the dough into 20 pieces and then shape each piece into a ball. Place the dough balls on a lined baking tray, cover with plastic, and let them rise until they have doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling: chop the mozzarella into small cubes and in a medium bowl, stir in the tomato purée. Season with salt and stir in the oregano, to taste. When the dough has risen, heat the frying oil in a deep frying pan.
On a lightly oiled work surface, roll each dough ball into an 8 inch disc. Place a heaped tablespoon full of filling on one half of each disc. Carefully lift the dough from one side to fold over the other, forming a half moon shape and press down with your thumb to seal. Now, to create the classic panzerotti shape and also to ensure the panzerotti don’t open up whilst frying: fold the edges over themselves, and use the tips of a fork to press them down.
Heat enough oil in a deep skillet. Working with just a couple of panzerotti at a time, place carefully into the boiling oil, turning over once to ensure they are cooked evenly, until golden on both sides, about 4-5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the panzerotti and transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining panzerotti and serve while hot.
Serve hot! Panzerotti are better hot. You can always prepare them and save to cook when ready.
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