Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 650 : The new "in" way to serve Mozzarella

As of late, I've been seeing and hearing that many of the city's upscale restaurants are offering warm mozzarella salads -- simple with extra virgin olive oil, some herbs, maybe a green here or there, some salt and pepper and that's it. Designed to be a simple, luxurious and sensual appetizer -- this fresh young cheese becomes all the more indulgent and rich when served warm; its traditional melt-in-your-mouth feel is dialed up a few notches. Great with a glass of bubbly or a glass of red wine -- the simple act of heating the cheese up briefly will elevate this cheese we all know and love to new levels.

So why not try this at home?

It's the perfect autumnal cheese preparation!
But be careful about how you heat the cheese up.

Get a nice ball of buffalo mozzarella and place it in an oven safe dish with some EVOO. Place it in your oven at 250 degrees for approximately three minutes (give or take) -- you want to catch the cheese before it starts melting but you also want to give the cheese a sufficient time to warm up.

Once you pull the cheese out -- top it with a drizzle more EVOO, some fresh rosemary and thyme, sea salt and pepper, and a pinch of crushed red pepper for a nice kick. Enjoy with some grilled bread. Simple yet decadent and the perfect beginning of the week treat.

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