Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes fresh from the garden, and just picked sweet basil - can culinary perfection come any more simply?
I've become totally spoiled by handmade fresh mozzarella in the last year. I've always loved mozzarella - the milkiness and nutty flavor of the fresh stuff is just so delicious! Growing up I remember how I loved to pilfer a few slices of the Polly-O brand my dad made lasanga with - I don't think I could ever go back to eating that. For years I looked forward to the fresh mozzarella my Italian sister-in-law would have on holidays from her old neighborhood in Staten Island - even that can't compare to this stuff!
I like to cut it in large chunks and mix with quartered tomatoes and fresh basil with a sprinkle of balsamic and lots of black pepper. Roasted sweet peppers are a nice addition, I think, if you have them handy.
My only complaint is that you really can't refrigerate the stuff without the flavor being affected. My DH and I mix it up early and then *graze* throughout the day and night so that it's gone before bed. Once decent tomatoes are available, we'll have this treat most summer weekends. Yummmmm.
So, what's your idea of the perfect summer supper?
4 days ago