Sunday, July 08, 2007

Mozzarella al Limone

Mozzarella al Limone

It has been a scorcher here in SLC, and we are short on energy, heavy on the need for delicicious summer treats. Enter this light summer appetizer, adapted from a combination of recipes from Jamie Oliver's Great Escape and the May 2006 issue of Saveur magazine.

Both original recipes call for fresh lemon leaves to cover the mozzarella while cooking, which can be difficult to obtain unless you happen to have a lemon tree. I have modified the recipes and created a self-containing "cup" from the lemon which I use to to cook the mozzarella without the use of a lemon leaf. Since modifying the recipe I bought a couple of Dwarf Meyer Lemon bushes, but I still use the lemon "cups" because they are handy and cute.

Fresh Mozzarella
Fresh Basil
Cherry Tomatoes (optional)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Moz Step 1
Step 1.
Remove the nipple from the end of the lemon to create a level surface.

Moz Step 2
Step 2.
Slice off a thin piece from each end of the lemon. This will make the bottom of the "cup". Next slice the lemon in half and carefully remove the pulp with a pairing knife creating a ring of lemon rind.

Moz Step 3
Step 3.
Place the thin slice of the lemon end into the ring of lemon rind to create a "cup" to keep the melted mozzarella from escaping.

Moz Step 4
Step 4.
Place fresh basil in the bottom of the lemon "cup".

Moz Step 5
Step 5.
Stuff the lemon "cup" with fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Place mozzarella "cups" on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and bake until mozzarella has melted. Serve with toasted bread and preferably an ice cold glass of Limoncello. Spread the melted cheese over the toasted bread and enjoy.

- J


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clever cutlery indeed!
Can't wait to try this out as the weather warms up.
How are the dwarf lemon shrubs doing? Where did you get them? (I'm a SLC local). Are they easy to take care of despite all your travels?

4:15 PM  
Blogger K and J said...

Thanks for stopping by! Sadly, the lemon shrubs are now resting in peace. They did fine in the summer but it turns out our house lacked enough winter winter light to sustain them. We bought them online from a farm in California, but I believe you can find them locally at Cactus and Tropicals.

- K

6:29 PM  

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