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Italian Fried Shrimp Balls

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Ingredients

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  • 4 cups of fresh uncooked shrimp – minced
  • Carapelli Unfiltered Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying
  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic – chopped
  • 1/2 cup of red onion – chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini
  • 4 cups fresh shrimp – minced
  • 1/2 cup of celery – about 2 stalks – chopped
  • 1/4 cup of Romano cheese – grated
  • 45 fresh basil leaves – chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh Italian parsley – stems removed and chopped
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of Italian bread crumbs – unseasoned
  • 1 cup of seasoned Italian bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter with 2 tbs. of olive oil in a large cast iron frying pan.
  2. Sauté the onion, garlic, celery, and zucchini until the tender.
  3. Add the shrimp and sauté, for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Place the mixture into a mixing bowl; add the parsley and basil, seasonings, grated cheese, lemon zest and 2 eggs; mix well. Blend in the bread crumbs.
  5. Shape into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  6. Beat the remaining 2 eggs in a small, shallow bowl and place the seasoned bread crumbs in another shallow bowl.
  7. Heat a few tbs. of olive oil in a large cast iron frying pan.
  8. Dip and coat each shrimp ball in the egg mixture, then roll in the bread crumbs.
  9. Fry in the skillet over a medium heat until a beautiful golden color appears on all sides.
  10. Place in a dish prepared with paper towels.
  11. Serve with extra grated cheese and lemon wedges.

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