This week we are talking about an amazing cheese and one of my favourites. Which is also very welcome at this hot time of the year: Mozzarella!
Mozzarella is sliceable semi-soft cheese originating in Italy. Made from cows, water buffalo, sheep and goat cheese. The most popular and favoured is Buffalo because of its more succulent and lacy texture best eaten fresh.
Eating mozzarella is not difficult, sliced raw over fresh tomatoes with a touch of salt, pizzas, salads, stuffed into meats and wrapped with vine leaves and BBQ’d
One thing I like do with mozzarella is match it with something naturally salty like Parma ham. This recipe is so amazing as you have the saltiness of the Parma ham, acid from the tomatoes and sticky sweetness of the balsamic syrup. Not to mention the gooey hot mozzarella.
When your shopping for fresh Buffalo mozzarella, we are so lucky to have two awesome NZ made options in Clevedon and Whangaripo.
Clevedon buffalo mozzarella balls
- 2 pottles Clevedon buffalo mozzarella (each pottle contains 1 x 120g ball)
- 10-12 small vine ripened tomatoes
- 8 slices Parma ham
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- flaky salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 ciabatta loaf, thinly sliced
- 200g wild baby rocket to serve
Preheat oven to 180*C. Brush the tomatoes and ciabatta slices with olive oil and season both with salt and pepper. Roast in the hot oven for 5-10 minutes.
Cut each ball of mozzarella into quarters. Wrap each piece in a slice of Parma ham and brush with olive oil. Heat a heavy frying pan or BBQ, cook the balls until the ham begins to crisp up.
Serve the mozzarella with the ciabatta and rocket, and drizzle with balsamic syrup.
- 150ml Balsamic vinegar
- 4 Tbsp brown sugar
In a small saucepan, reduce the two ingredients over a medium heat until sticky.