2buffalo mozzarella, thickly sliced100 gmfresh breadcrumbs2 tbspfinely grated lemon rindFor dusting:seasoned flour1egg lightly beaten with 2 tbsp milkFor shallow-frying:olive oil12 sage leavesTo serve:lemon wedgesAnchovy, caper and parsley sauce6 cloves roasted garlic (see note)6anchovy fillets, coarsely chopped20 gmsalted capers, rinsed1lemon, juiced and rind finely grated185 ml (¾ cup) extra-virgin olive oil1 cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves
For sauce, process garlic, anchovy, capers, lemon rind and juice in a small food processor until smooth, add oil and parsley and process until finely chopped, season
to taste with freshly ground black pepper and set aside. Makes about 1 cup.
Place mozzarella slices in a colander placed over a bowl and drain for 1 hour. Combine breadcrumbs and lemon rind in a bowl and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Dust mozzarella slices in flour, then egg, shaking off excess between each step. Repeat, then coat in breadcrumbs, shaking off excess between each step. Place in
a single layer on a baking paper-lined tray and place in freezer for 20 minutes.
Heat a large frying pan filled with oil 5cm deep over medium-high heat, add sage and fry for 30 seconds or until crisp, remove using a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. Fry mozzarella, in batches, turning once, for 2 minutes or until golden and drain on absorbent paper.
To serve, arrange mozzarella and sage on a plate and serve immediately with anchovy, caper and parsley sauce and lemon wedges.
Note For roasted garlic, wrap garlic tightly in
aluminium foil and roast at 200C for 30 minutes or until soft and
golden, cool, then squeeze garlic from their skins.