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Thursday 18 August 2016

Mamma Mia it's Mozzarella : Two Lovely Recipes

photo credit Vicky Wasik

Mozzarella ... "an Italian fresh or unripened cheese traditionally made from water buffalo’s milk (Mozzarella di Bufala) around the Naples area. It’s a firm but creamy cheese that tastes like fresh milk with a slightly sour edge to it. It melts well and has a unique stretch-iness, making it the classic pizza topping cheese.

Mozzarella is now also made predominantly from cow’s milk and is made all over Italy as well as in other countries, including the UK (where some producers are making mozzarella from water buffalo milk). Mozzarella is sold in rounds about the size of a small fist. Because it has no rind it’s packed in plastic bags, surrounded by water to keep it fresh. You’re more likely to find buffalo mozzarella from good delis or cheese shops and also look out for small mozzarella balls called ‘bocconcini’ which are sold in tubs.

Mozzarella is too soft to grate but cut thin slices and layer them in pasta bakes or put a slice on top of pieces of meat or chicken before grilling them. Italy’s classic salad – insalata Caprese – is made with slices of mozzarella and ripe tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and scattered with torn basil leaves and a little salt."
Words above taken from here

Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs
A delicious everyday low-carb dish for the whole family.
Stuff the meatballs with mozzarella cheese and enjoy!
Serves Four
1½ lbs (700 g) ground beef
1 tablespoon dried basil
½ teaspoon salt
2 pinches pepper 
2 tablespoons cold water 
4 oz. (110 g) fresh mozzarella cheese 
butter for frying

Instructions for this dish are here

Warm Pomodorino Tomato Salad with Parma Ham and Mozzarella
Summer days are just made for this salad, each serving provides:
5.2g carbohydrate 0.7g fibre 25.3g protein 47.6g fat
Serves 2
250g Pomodorino tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Handful pine nuts
80g mixed salad, e.g watercress, spinach, rocket (arugula)
125g Buffalo mozzarella ball, torn up
70g Italian Parma ham
1 tsp red wine vinegar

Instructions for this dish can be seen here

Bon Appetit or should I say Buona Salute !

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All the best Jan


Jo said...

Two wonderful recipes. There's also the chicken caprese recipe which you featured a while ago, I really enjoyed that one and it's so simple to make too.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful recipes and I the mozzarella cheese. The tomato salad would be nice right now. Have a happy day and weekend ahead!

Linda said...

They both look delectable!!! Lovely presentations.

Debbie said...

i always stuff my meatballs, they come out very moist that way!!! 2 great recipes, i would love to make my own mozzarella!!!

Barb said...

I have a tub of Mozzarella in my fride right now. We like it with fresh tomato, avacado, and basil. Tasty recipes.

DeniseinVA said...

This is a coincidence today Jan. I fixed a Caprese-style salad today. I don't necessarily like mozzarella when it is melted on a pizza for instance, but I love to eat it cold on a salad, especially with my other tasty treat, a sliced tomato. I will, however, give this a try as it doesn't look overwhelming.

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Lindo blog, amei suas postagens! Já fiquei por aqui!!!Maravilha!
Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


Beijos Marie.

Anonymous said...

Bella cibo.
food looks good.

Zophia x

Gail said...

Okay, it's official...I am hungry for what you made!

The rains are gentle but we've had enough for a week now.

Have a blessed evening.

NCmountainwoman said...

Caprese salad is our summertime favorite. It is so wonderful now that we have our luscious summer tomatoes and our own fresh basil. We are willing to pay extra to get buffalo mozzarella since it does taste that much better especially in salads.

sage said...

Those meatballs look good!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Ok now I am adding Mozzarella stuffed meatballs to my bucket list!!

Bob Bushell said...

I love Mozzarella, it goes with a salad, beautiful.

Phil Slade said...

Thank you for those ideas Jan. And the addition of the Pinot! We never know quite what to do with mozzarella so will have to try your suggestions.

Conniecrafter said...

They both sound great but especially the meatballs :)

Martha said...

I really like mozzarella! Great recipes.

Launna said...

I'd totally love the stuffed mozzarella meatballs... the sound and look delicious. I never knew what true mozzarella really was... I'm so used to the store bought bricks that you can grate. I'd love to try a more authentic cheese sometime xox

Lisa said...

Those meatballs look good, I made some turkey ones this week with onion and cheddar in, they went down well.
Lisa x