Fried Green Olives


1 wedge of your favorite cheese (we used manchego)
1 10 oz jar Mezzetta® Whole Italian Castelvetrano Olives, drained and pitted
1 cup flour
3 eggs, beaten and seasoned with salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs, ground finely
vegetable or Canola oil for frying



Cut the manchego cheese into small rectangle pieces so they’ll fill the hole of the Mezzetta® Whole Italian Castelvetrano Olive. Place one cheese plug into the center of each olive.
Prepare the breading station with 3 separate shallow bowls. Use one for flour, one for eggs, and the last one for panko. Drop the stuffed olives into the flour first, remove and gently shake off any excess, place into beaten eggs to coat, then drop into panko and roll around until fully covered with breadcrumbs.
Heat a few inches of oil in a saucepan to 350ºF. Fry olives in small batches until golden brown in color. Remove with a slotted spoon and place olives onto a paper towel lined plate to absorb the excess oil.

Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and serve warm.