Ken made these the other day and wow were they good!!! They are not quite a popper but more of a knife and fork appy. From the luscious interior to the crunchy exterior these little meatballs are great!!!
4 mild Italian sausage
24 cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup asiago cheese, finely grated
1 cup panko crumbs
1 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper
1/2 cup flour
Cut the top off of the cherry tomatoes and core them. Stuff in a small amount of grated asiago cheese. Repeat for all of the tomatoes. Remove the sausage meat from the casing. Pinch off a small amount and flatten it out into a disc. Place the tomato on the disc and wrap the sausage meat around the tomato. Have three dishes ready to roll the meatball in. First one with flour, salt and pepper to taste. Second with 2 beaten eggs. Third with panko, the rest of the asiago cheese, bread crumbs and salt and pepper. Now roll the meatball first in the flour then egg and finishing off in the panko mixture. Heat 2″ of canola oil in a wok and deep fry to golden brown. Serve with salsa. Yummo!!!!