Platter of Fresh Mozzarella

Called mozzarella fresca in Italy where it originated, fresh mozzarella was first made with milk from the water buffalo. This is a pasta filata cheese, meaning that the curds are kneaded, and then stretched before forming the cheese into balls or logs. This cheese is not cured in brine or aged as is the low-moisture mozzarella we are most familiar with. Instead, it is eaten fresh, only a few days old. Fresh mozzarella has a delicate, milky flavor and is slightly elastic in texture. To keep this cheese fresh, the balls are submerged in water.



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Creamy white


Soft, slightly elastic


Mild, delicate, milky


Fresh mozzarella is great served in the traditional manner with sliced Roma tomatoes and chopped fresh basil, drizzled with a good quality extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with freshly ground pepper. Toss and serve on a bed of mixed greens. Roasted or grilled eggplant slices, sliced fresh mozzarella, roasted red bell peppers and fresh basil are a perfect topping for sliced baguettes; drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Thinly slice baguettes, brush with roasted garlic oil and toast until very lightly browned; top with a slice of fresh mozzarella and chopped sundried tomatoes in oil. Bake briefly, about 3 minutes, in a hot oven. Sprinkle with finely shredded fresh basil and serve for an easy appetizer.


Beer: Ciders & Fruit Beers, Pilsner, Weiss Beer
Wine: Chianti, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc, Beaujolais, Pinot Gris

Performance Notes - The toasted baguette, sliced fresh mozzarella and sundried tomato serving suggestion is great when prepared in a toaster oven.