Fried Mozzarella & Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Crostini

by lisa on May 13, 2014 · 67 comments


Are you ready to get saucy? I know I am.

I am happy to announce that I am one of 30 bloggers competing to represent Saucy Mama in The World Food Championships in Las Vegas in November. I had to create an original recipe using one of the sauces or dressings I was sent in the blogger kit.


For this Saucy Mama challenge, Barhyte Specialty Foods sent me 6 bottles of sauce which included Honey Dijon Dressing, Orange Habanero Wing Sauce, Jamacian Jerk Wing Sauce, Honey BBQ Wing Sauce, Hot Wing Sauce, and Four Leaf Balsamic Vinaigrette and Marinade. One of my lucky readers will also win a bottle of these sauces. As you can see, I was so anxious to try them that I opened them before taking photos. So excuse the messy bottles. More on the giveaway below.

These are fabulous! I see some good chicken and shrimp in my future as well as some yummy salads made with these dressings and sauces.


I am a balsamic type of girl that puts balsamic vinegar on everything. So I chose the Four Leaf Balsamic Vinaigrette and Marinade to include in my recipe. As you know, I love tomatoes so Fried Mozzarella and Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Crostini is what I came up with.

This is an easy recipe to make but one that will wow all your guests. I can’t wait to make this over the summer with ripe, juicy tomatoes. Since NJ tomatoes don’t hit the markets until July, I used mini heirloom tomatoes. They are sweet, colorful and available year round. They are much better than the other tomatoes you find at the markets this time of year. I love serving this appetizer pool side or on the patio.


So here are a few tips on making this recipe at home:

  • Slice your bread thin. The cheese and tomatoes are the star of the show so you don’t want the bread to be too thick.
  • Toast the bread lightly. If it’s too crunchy, these appetizers will be harder to eat.
  • Use the ripest tomatoes you can find. Heirloom tomatoes are pretty but regular tomatoes work well too.
  • Drizzle some of the leftover dressing over the finished appetizer. The balsamic dressing and tomatoes are a match made in heaven.

So would you like to try these sauces and dressings from Barhyte Specialty Foods? Leave a comment and one random winner will have a box shipped to them. You have until Wednesday, May 21st 11:59 pm to enter. I will notify the winner on Thursday, May 22nd.  Entries can only be from US residents. Good luck everyone!


4.9 from 22 reviews
Fried Mozzarella & Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Crostini
Recipe type: appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6 to 12
This easy appetizer will wow guests every time!
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 12(1/2 inch) baguette slices (about half a loaf)
  • 2 cups chopped Heirloom tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 3 tablespoons Four Leaf Balsamic Vinaigrette and Marinade
  • 1¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus extra if needed
  • 16 ounce fresh mozzarella log, cut into 12 thick pieces to fit the size of the bread
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush both sides of the bread with 1 tablespoons oil. Reserve remaining oil. Bake until slightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together tomatoes, basil and dressing. Set aside.
  3. Mix together bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and ½ teaspoon salt on a deep plate. Dip the cheese pieces in the egg and then dredge the cheese with the bread crumb mixture until all is coated.
  4. Heat half of the olive oil on medium heat in a non- stick frying pan. Place half the cheese in the pan and fry for 30 to 45 seconds on each side or until golden. Remove from pan and let rest on paper towels. Cook the remaining batch.
  5. To assemble crostini, place a piece of fried cheese on each piece of toasted bread. Top with the tomato mixture. Season with salt to taste.


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Sherri Jo May 14, 2014 at 11:01 am

I very much like the sounds of this recipe. Looks amazing!


Karen Harris May 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Amazing recipe Lisa! I could eat the whole plate. Good luck!


Dani Johnson May 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Yum. That looks so good. Good luck!


Angela May 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I love their sauces! Also love this idea–fried mozz with tomato salad. Yum.


Debbie R. May 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Yum, those look delish! I would love to win the sauces, they all sound amazing!!


Steph chambers May 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Will definitely try this recipe! Thanx!


Susan Ericson May 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Lisa, This looks delicious!!


Beth @ Hungry Happenings May 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I wish you the best of luck in the contest, and know you will do well. Your recipe looks great and I’d like to snack on one of them right now. I too love balsamic vinegar and especially love it with tomatoes.


Brandi Esposito May 14, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Looks tasty! Love the idea of the fried mozzarella. Kind of like a different take on bruschetta. Can’t wait to try it!


annette turello May 15, 2014 at 6:36 am

the one with black pepper,sounds delicious


Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! May 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

So cool that you are in this competition! Good luck, I totally hope you win! This recipe looks amazing!! I totally want to try the Jamaican Wing Sauce, it sounds delicious!


Carol at Wild Goose Tea May 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Congratulations on being chosen by the Saucy Mamas company! Awesome!
And you are so correct. This is an over the top double Wow recipe for an appetizer that truly is not that difficult to make. I have never tried to fry cheese, but it looks like something that I could easily handle. Delish!


Rebecca Parsons May 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm

I can imagine making something with the Four Leaf Balsamic Vinaigrette and Marinade and wing sauces. Sounds like an italian dinner night.


Pam May 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I seriously wish I had the ingredients on hand so I could make this for lunch! It looks delicious.


Brittany May 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

This looks so yummy!! Good luck in November!


tiffany lane May 20, 2014 at 9:51 am

Everything looks so good. I am starving now


Kathy Fleming May 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

Had to rate this recipe a 5 and shared on pinterest. I’d like to try the All Natural Pacific Rim Ginger Dressing.


gayle gildehaus May 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

This sounds soo yummy..will have to try it!


Rosanne May 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

I’d never even thought of fried mozzarella but this is definitely on my list of summer recipes to try.


Brandy Williams May 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

This sounds so yummy! I and looks amazing!


Erica C. May 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Sounds delicious.


angela cunningham May 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm

this sounds like something I would like to try to make


alyce poalillo May 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

All these sauces and this recipe sound so good and I would love to give them all a try.


Ann Fantom May 20, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I would love to try these sauces! They look so good.


Heather R May 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

this looks soooo yummy – I love anything with olive oil, basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes, and MORE than welcome any new twist on it (especially when it involves bread….).


sharon May 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm

i would love to try all of these sauces! but i’m especially eyeing the Jamacian Jerk Wing Sauce. thanks for the giveaway and i hope i win!


Jackie May 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm

That looks amazing! I’m from Jersey, too, and that remind me of the awesome appetizers you can get in fine dining Italian restaurants.


Dawn Hecke May 20, 2014 at 9:20 pm

They look delicious!


Barbara Montag May 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

These products would be so much fun to cook with!
I’ve had the Parmesan marinade & it’s fantastic.
Yes I pinned this also.
thank you


chris v May 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

anything with great tomatoes rocks


joe gersch May 21, 2014 at 4:24 am

These would make food so flavorful


Debbi Wellenstein May 21, 2014 at 6:27 am

Your recipe looks delicious! A box of these sauces would be a big help to me!


deana c May 21, 2014 at 7:58 am

I would love to try the Orange Habanero Wing Sauce but all of them look great! Thanks for the chance.


Tracy Pryor May 21, 2014 at 10:29 am



Nicole D. May 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

Those look amazing! Great summer cookout recipe!


Amanda May 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

omg. That Fried Mozzarella & Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Crostini looks amazing. I’m printing out the recipe right now. I need to try it.


kelly mcgrew May 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I would love to win this! This recipe looks outstanding. I have made a similar dish several times and it is so delicious and looks so elegant.

I browsed through the recipes on their site and fell in love with the Cracked Pepper Shrimp.. I would love to try this out myself! Nothing beats real quality marinades, sauces, and dressings. You get used to buying the same brands who just cannot capture the freshness and quality that a smaller name would have. I love to buy food items from lesser-knowns, they have never disappointed.

Thanks for the chance to win!


Tarah May 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Yes! I’d love to try these! I think the Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette Dressing sounds amazing!


Diane Baum May 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Looks and sounds wonderful and easy to prepare too.


heather sullivan May 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

That looks so good yummy!!


Amy Graphman May 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

This looks so good! I can’t wait to try this recipe!


Angela Ash May 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

The Fried Mozzarella and Balsamic Heirloom Tomato Crostini looks so good – I want to try it right now! All of the Saucy Mama sauces sound good, especially the Four Leaf Balsamic Vinaigrette and Marinade.


Pat B May 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I would love to win, and your recipe looks amazing


Deb K May 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Would love to win,these sauces look so good! Thanks so much!


Samantha May 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm

These look delicious! The Honey Barbeque flavor looks great!


Theresa D May 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The fried mozz with tomato salad sounds delicious. I would love to try the sauces they sound delicious.


kyl neusch May 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

tasty sauces


Francine Anchondo May 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

The sauces look great. Thankyou for the chance.


Kobi Hensley May 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm

I would like to try their marinades, especially the Miso Orange Sesame Dressing & Marinade.


Meghan Malicoat May 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I would really love to try these sauces. Hoping to win and get the chance 🙂


McKim May 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Our family loves wings. It would be great to try out the different flavors of wing sauce.


Karrie Millheim May 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Oh Wow, These look so delicious!!!


susan smoaks May 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm

yes i would love to try these.


stacey snacks May 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm

You know this has my name written all over it! YUM!


Laurie Emerson May 21, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I would love to try these sauces. I love trying new food products and these are so different than anything I have ever tried before!


Christine May 21, 2014 at 10:37 pm

this looks so good- I must try it


Sharon May 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm

This looks so good!


Rebecca B May 22, 2014 at 6:26 am

I am always on the lookout for new hot wing sauce — can’t wait to try this one!


Stephanie Galbraith May 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I would love to try these sauces, and come up with new recipes for them.


Kim Parrott May 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I love balsamic marinades!!


Randi Robinson May 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

This recipe isn’t my normal kind of cooking, but looks like it’s at least worth a try!


Penny Snyder May 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Look awesome – would love to try these!!!~


MARIA simon May 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm

this looks wonderful and making me hungry 😉 would love to try


Diane May 28, 2014 at 3:58 pm

This post makes me wish I bought some heirloom tomato plants to grow! I two “regular” kinds, although I forget what specific variety they were.


Kate B June 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

This recipe looks amazing. I love heirloom tomatoes! I bet the balsamic really adds a nice flavor!


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