Different Take on the Hot Pocket
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Stack 2 slices of mortadella on top of each other. Place about 1 ounce of the cheese in the very center of the mortadella. Press a basil leaf down on top of the cheese.
Fold the bottom of the mortadella over the cheese, then fold over the sides and roll up the cheese in the mortadella (like a burrito). Secure each one with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
In a 12-inch nonstick saute pan, heat olive oil until relatively hot. Add mortadella packets, flat side down. Cook for two minutes, turn them over, and cook for one more minute or until golden brown.
Serve the mortadella packets with a fresh basil leaf on top.
Food styled by Karen Pickus