Day 121 - Mozzarella stuffed Potato cutlets

Another one of my make-it -as-I- go along dishes that are created for the sole purpose of my 8 year old's school lunch, He likes potatoes and mozzarella, so decided to cover up string cheese with the potato mixture and fry it, with the bonus that I got the chance to play eenie meenie miney mo with my spice jars. The patties got a healthy sprinkle of Ras el Hanout and Omani dried lime.  I'm pretty sure baking at 400 F would work as well, but that will be a recipe for another day.

You need: (makes 8 large or 12 small cutlets)
 4 medium sized russet potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 serrano chile finely minced
1/4 cup cilantro stems chopped fine
1 teaspoon Ras el Hanout (can be substituted with Garam masala)
1 teaspoon Omani dried lime (or substitute with juice of 1/2 a lime)
4 sticks string cheese
salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Combine 2/3rds of the Panko bread crumbs with the potatoes and all the other ingredients, except the string cheese. Mix until it just resembles a loose ball of dough. Divide into 8 or 12 portions. Cut up the string cheese into as many pieces of the potato mixture. 'Bury' one piece of  string cheese into the center of each portion of potato mixture and shape it into an oblong patty.
Heat the oil in a wok until it shimmers. Coat each piece of potato patty with the remaining Panko and deep fry until the color turns into a deep golden brown, remove onto paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Serve hot with what else? tomato ketchup!


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