Sorrisi are a morish and crispy fried starter and can be made with a variety of fillings. They are popular with children because of their 'smiley' shape as well as their flavor. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside with a melted filling, we are sure they will win grown-ups over too! We'll show you just how simple it is to make them at home and present you with two different fillings: ham and mozzarella, or a tomato and mozzarella filling.?Obviously you can give your imagination free rein and create any pairing you like, using your favorite ingredients: mushrooms, spinach or salami are just a few you can use to enrich this dish! Serve sorrisi as a starter or second course, with a side helping of salad or tomatoes! If you are looking for an oven-baked version, discover how to make them under the recipe.


Ingredients for the dough
Flour 00 1 cup (180 g)
Whole milk 1 cup (300 g)
Butter 1 stick (30 g)
Fine salt 1 tsp -
For the filling
Mozzarella cheese 5 oz (150 g) - (for pizza)
Tomato puree 7 tbsp (100 g)
Prosciutto cotto 2 oz (60 g)
For the breading
Eggs 3
Breadcrumbs cup (100 g)
Fine salt to taste
For frying
Peanut seed oil to taste

How to prepare Sorrisi

To prepare sorrisi, start by making the base dough. Place the milk in a saucepan, add the butter 1 and a tea spoon of salt. Bring to just before the boil, then add the flour all in one go 2.?Stir briskly with a spatula 3 or a wooden ladle.?

The dough will become firm in a few moments 4, continue cooking it for a little while longer, until it comes away from the sides of the saucepan and forms a layer at the bottom 5. Now place it in a low and wide container; press down gently and leave to cool.

Once cooled, place the dough 7 on a top and add a pinch of flour 8. Knead it once more 9.

Roll it out on a pastry board 10 until nearly 0.4 inches thick and cut into disc 11 using a 4 inch shaping ring mold 12.

Knead any left-over scraps of dough 13, roll them out and cut using the mold: you should be able to make 8 14. Now finely chop the mozzarella and place around a third of a cup in a bowl. Add the tomato puree 15.

Stir thoroughly 16 and place a heaped spoon in the middle of a disc 17. Fold it in half and seal to form a crescent shape 18.

Gently pinch the sides to seal them shut 19. In this way you will make 3. Then make 2 with just diced mozzarella 20 and another 3 with ham and mozzarella 21.

In total you'll make 8 sorrisi 22. Now heat abundant oil to 320?. In the meantime, coat the sorrisi in the egg 23 and then in the breadcrumbs, to which you will have added a pinch of salt 24.

Once you have thoroughly breaded the sorrisi and the oil is nice and hot, you can fry them. Immerse a few at a time 25 and fry for a few minutes until golden 26. Drain the sorrisi using a skewer and place them on a tray lined with oil-absorbing cooking paper 27. Serve them piping hot!


Sorrisi can be frozen before cooking. Simply fry without defrosting them.

Once cooked, they are best enjoyed right away.


Looking for a lighter alternative? Bake sorrisi in a static oven with a drizzle of oil at 356°F (180°C) for 20 minutes, on the lowest shelf!

Give free rein to you imagination to create delicious fillings, just be sure to use firmer cheeses that do not release too much whey when cooked, like mozzarella!