Thursday, March 17, 2011

ask DSM... all about mozzarella

i was recently asked the following question, "what is burrata anyway? is it the same as fresh mozzarella or is it better?" i thought that if one person is curious about the difference then maybe some of you readers would be as well. so here is my little educational post on all the different types of fresh mozzarella available today. and let be begin by saying, i absolutely love all of them. it's one of those foods that i have on hand at all times. it's so simple to make a meal out of mozzarella, it is a must have staple. specially for all of you busy moms out there. you know, those of you who are so concerned with making sure your kids are fed that feeding yourself is an afterthought ;).


1. fresh mozzarella - you can find this type of cheese in different sizes and shapes. it's available everywhere and is made from cow's milk. it is a semi-soft cheese. it is mild in flavor and stands up well to different ingredients. my favorite thing to do with with this type of mozzarella is make basil and tomato panini. it's easy and quick and makes a lovely meal.


for a great panini recipe click HERE

2. mozzarella di bufala (buffalo mozzarella) - is the more flavorful cousin of cow's milk mozzarella. it is a delectable treat that comes directly from Italy. it is made from the milk of water buffalo. i love this cheese! you can find it in most grocery stores in the US and abroad. i usually get mine from Costco! mozzarella di bufala is so good on it's own making a meal out of it is a breeze. most of the time i make a simple salad of heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, a sprinkling of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. some crusty bread. that's it! a tasty meal at your finger tips.


for a recipe click HERE

3. burrata - i love burrata! it's not as readily available as the other types of mozzarella but if you can find it it - get it! i can usually find burrata at Whole Foods. burrata is made from buffalo mozzarella and cream. the outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside contains mozzarella curd and cream. it's also best served simple. the tastiest burrata concoction i have ever indulged in was a simple salad of burrata, grilled radicchio, anchovies and balsamic. it was a simple lunch in Rome.


enjoy them all!

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