Sunday, June 29, 2008

I love fresh mozzarella . . .

. . . but it doesn't keep very well (at least in my experience), so I'm always looking for new recipes that include fresh mozzarella. I'm practically addicted to [my version of] insalata caprese, so I have fresh mozzarella on hand almost all the time during spring and summer.

My insalata caprese is something like this:
2 parts grape tomatoes (sliced in half) to 1 part fresh mozzarella (cubed)
add fresh basil (chopped), if available - use basil from a tube (Gourmet Garden) if not
drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
sprinkle with sea salt

There are a few shows on the Food Network I really like - Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa and Everyday Italian with Giada DeLaurentiis. The other recipe featured here is Giada's Crostini Alla Romana. I have to be honest: as much as I like Everyday Italian, I did not love this recipe. It had to do with the prosciutto - either I had bad prosciutto . . . or I should have roasted the prosciutto to get it crispy before using it in this recipe. I'm not exactly sure. I think I'll keep looking for another fresh mozzarella recipe I like as much as insalata caprese!


Bethany said...

How odd is this...I just bought fresh mozzarella Saturday night because I saw a pizza recipe on the Pioneer Woman's website. I got it out last night and started slicing small pieces off of it. Just to eat! Hopefully there will be enough for pizza tonight!

Stephanie said...

Okay, Kenz....I have to tell you that Giada, the Everyday Italian host, lies...Yes, she does....She convinced me that a gooey chocolate ricotta cheese dessert was awesome--she used the word GOOEY at least seventy-five times that episode-- so I fixed it for company one night...Yep, big mistake not testing it first......I had to tell my guests they didn't have to eat it, and they were all so relieved........Anyway, I'm headed to the local Hy-Vee to see if I can find fresh mozzarella.....