Mozzarella Pizzas with Selection of Toppings

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
Toppings
Fresh Mozzarella, sliced thin

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Roll out the pizza dough into 3 round pies. Place the dough on baking sheet lines with parchment paper. Spoon a bit of sauce on each pie and add the desired toppings. Place a few slices of the mozzarella over the pies. Place in the pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown the mozzarella is a little melted.

Calamata Olive & Marinated Mozzarella Pearl Pizza

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 10 mini pizzas

Ingredients

Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
2 cups calamata olives, chopped and pitted
Marinated mini mozzarella balls

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Roll out the pizza dough into 10 equal round pies. Place the dough on baking sheet lines with parchment paper. Spoon a bit of sauce on each pie and a few calamata olives. Place a few of the marinated mozzarella balls on top and drizzle a little of the oil on top as well. Place in the pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown the mozzarella is a little melted.

Mini Mozzarella Pearls Marinating in Herbs & Chili

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pound of marinated mini mozzarella balls

Ingredients

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2-1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 pound fresh mini mozzarella balls
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves, chopped fine

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the oil zest and spices. Add in the mozzarella balls and herbs and mix well. Allow to marinate for up to an hour, minimum of 30 minutes.

Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

July 19th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

with Basil Oil Drizzle & Anchovies
Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
½ cup plus extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
6-8 tomatoes, sliced or wedged
6-8 pieces fresh mozzarella cheese (equivalent to the tomato size)
10-12 anchovies, whole of halved
Maldon sea salt

Directions

In a blender, combine basil leaves, garlic, oil and salt and blend until a very smooth oil exists. Squeeze some lemon in it if desired and either strain through a fine mesh sieve or leave with bits of basil; this is a preference issue only. Set aside. On a large plat arrange tomatoes and mozzarella in an artistic design. Place a few anchovies around the plate as well and season with some Maldon salt. Drizzle the basil oil over the plated tomatoes and mozzarella.

Whole-Wheat Pesto Mozzarella Panini

June 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

Whole-wheat bread
Fresh mozzarella slices
Tomato slices
Salt
Basil sauce (recipe follows)
Olive oil

Directions

Place basil sauce on each side of the bread slices and on the basil sauce place sliced mozzarella and tomato, season with a little salt.

Combine the slices to form a sandwich and brunch the top side with olive oil. In a panini pan or cast iron pan on high heat, place the olive oil side of the sandwich down on the pan. Using the heavy panini press top press down to flatten. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes or until browned and toasty.

Basil Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup olive oil

Directions

Mix the ingredients up in a blender until smooth.

Nissa’s Lasagna

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one large lasagna

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 medium yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
2 medium green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup broccoli florets, cut super small
4 medium tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup red wine
Salt/pepper
Lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh)
4 cups fresh spinach
1 ½ cups feta cheese, crumbled
1 ½ cups Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
2 cups fresh mozzarella

Directions

In a large soup pot, over medium high heat, add oil. Cook onions and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrots and cook for a few more minutes. Add the zucchini, broccoli and tomatoes and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Add the fresh herbs (making sure to reserve some for the end). Add the tomato sauce and red wine, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool a bit before assembling lasagna.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large casserole dish, place a layer of lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh) down first, then spread a little sauce over the noodle. Add a layer of fresh spinach and then a layer of sauce, followed by a little bit of each cheese. Repeat the layers until the dish is filled. The top layer should end in a noodle covered with sauce and cheese, mostly the pecorino in order to make it nice and crusty.

Place lasagna in the oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the top is crusty brown. Allow the lasagna to sit and rest about 20 minutes before serving.

Half-the-Pasta Lasagna

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 small Italian eggplant
½ package of lasagna noodles (whole wheat if available)
1 egg
1 cup skim ricotta
1 cup kalamata olives, chopped
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves chopped
Salt & pepper
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
¼ cup parmesan cheese
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven at 375ËšF. Slice eggplant lengthwise and brush with olive oil, salt & pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 4-5 minutes. Noodles should be undercooked. Drain and rinse with cold water to shock.

In a medium sized bowl, beat egg and add in ricotta, kalamata olives, garlic, chopped basil, parsley and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and combine.

Take a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Layer lasagna as follows: A spoonful of sauce followed by one layer of noodles, ricotta mixture, eggplant slices, mozzarella slices, and a spoonful of tomato
Repeat until finished and top with parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Cover loaf pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take out of oven, remove foil and continue to bake for 5-10 or until browned on top.

Remove from pan by lifting parchment. Slice into 4 equal slices and serve over a spoonful of sauce.

Tip: Use sauce sparingly, otherwise lasagna can become watery.

Recipe courtesy of Robin Simpson

Fresh Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

For roasted tomatoes

8 plum tomatoes, cut in half and seeds removed
3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

For salad

1 pound fresh mozzarella, ¼-inch thick slices
Basil pesto, for drizzling
Maldon salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions

For roasted tomatoes

Preheat oven to 200°F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and lay on a baking sheet with the tomatoes cut side down. Place in oven and roast for 2 to 3 hours or until tomatoes have reduced in size and there are dry to the touch. Remove from oven and peel the skins off the tomato. Use right away or store in an air-tight container.

For salad

Layer alternating slices of roasted tomatoes and mozzarella on a large, shallow platter. Drizzle the salad with basil pesto and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Grilled Fresh Mozzarella Cheese with Basil Pesto

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 slices of country white bread
Basil pesto, recipe follows
8 slices of homemade mozzarella, sliced in 3” rounds
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

To assemble sandwich, smear insides of bread slices with pesto. Arrange a layer of mozzarella slices over the top and then place another piece of bread on top to make the sandwich. In a large skillet, over medium heat add olive oil and place sandwiches on the hot skillet. If using a skillet, place another heavy skillet over the top to form a “press”. Turn after 2 to 3 minutes and replace weight. The sandwich is ready when golden brown and mozzarella has melted around the edges.

Basil Pesto

Makes 1 ½ cups pesto

Ingredients

4 cloves garlic, peeled
½ cup pine nuts, toasted
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2-3 cups fresh basil leaves
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
â…” cup extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Salt/pepper

Directions

Mix all ingredients with a hand held mixer or food processor until smooth.

Fresh Mozzarella

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pound of fresh mozzarella

Ingredients

1 pound cheese curds
4 quarts (16 cups) water
¼ cup salt

Directions

In a large saucepot over high heat, bring water to a boil. Meanwhile, cut cheese curds in small pieces and add into hot water. Melt slowly until it softens and then pull large mass of curds into small evenly sized balls by pulling and stretching the cheese. Next, drop in water and salt brine. Take out after 10 minutes and keep in water.

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