Margherita Sticks: Fit for a Royal HighnessSeptember 12, 2018
- Hanna SanchezWords
Like many legendary tributes, the Pizza Margherita was inspired by a woman. A queen, in fact.
Queen Margherita of Savoy was visiting Naples back in 1889. To welcome her, Chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi made a pizza with toppings that resembled the Italian flag: tomatoes (red), mozzarella (white), and basil leaves (green). The queen liked the dish so much that Chef Raffaele named it after her.
This following recipe is like a Pizza Margherita wrapped in an egg roll or lumpia wrapper, and then deep-fried until golden brown. Just imagine all the distinct flavors of basil, tomato, and mozzarella oozing forth from the hot, crisp shell of the fried wrapper. Sure, it’ll burn your tongue, but we promise that it’ll be worth it.
One bite of this fried little marvel, and you’ll be in awe at how some of the simplest ingredients make for the best eats. Hey, a celebrated queen certainly thought so, and who are we to disagree?
Total Time: 25 minutes / Yield: 6-10 servings
Ingreidents for the Filling
- 1 package (400 grams) fresh mozzarella, diced
- 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 10 basil leaves, sliced using the chiffonade technique
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Fresh lumpia wrapper
- 1 cup homemade or store-bought marinara sauce
- In a large bowl, combine diced mozzarella, tomatoes, minced garlic, and basil.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Gradually add in the cheese, stirring well and tasting after each addition.
- Drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil.
- Place a heaping tablespoon of the filling in the middle of a lumpia wrapper.
- Fold both sides of wrapper, and roll.
- Brush the edges with a little water, and press with your fingers to seal completely.
- Repeat with the rest of the ingredients.
- Deep-fry the sticks in hot oil until they are golden-brown. Drain on paper towels.
- Serve hot with marinara sauce on the side.