Bruschetta with Marinated Fresh Mozzarella

October 13, 2008 at 12:39 am | Posted in appetizer, Cheese | 1 Comment

My friend Andrea went to this fab cooking class and one night they had an Italian/Tuscan theme.  She made some things that sounded phenomenal and I knew that I had to try them.  I decided to have a little dinner party while Tommy was out of town this past week and it was the perfect time to try them out.  My dinner party had an Italian theme – I mean hey, let’s face it.  What theme goes better with my favorite thing – WINE! – than that?!  Picture of the dinner party to follow but let’s start with some of the things that I made.  First up…Bruschetta with Marinated Fresh Mozzarella. 

Recipe from Andrea’s cooking class….not sure the exact source

Ingredients

Crostini:
8 (1/2-inch thick) slices Italian bread, cut on the diagonal
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly groud black pepper to taste

Mozzarella:
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced lemon zest (about 1/2 lemon)
1 tablespoon coarsley chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
2 bay leaves, torn in half
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices

Directions

1.  For the crostini:  preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Brush the bread slices on both sides with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.  Place on a baking sheet, and cook until crisp and golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
2.  For the Mozzarella:  Whisk together oil, garlic, pepper flakes, zest, parsley, and basil.  Stir in the bay leaves, then season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop.  (Note:  Before drizzling over the mozzarella, remove and discard the bay leaves, then whisk to re-combine.)
3.  Place the cheese in a shallow dish; drizzle with the marinade to coat.  Cover with plastic wrap, and allow tot stand at room temperature for at least one hour.
4.  Just before serving, place one slice of cheese on each crostini, and garnish with additional chopped fresh parsley; serve at room temperature.

Mrs. Pig Rating:  I looooved this!  I adore fresh mozzarella and it looks really pretty served up on a platter for an appetizer.  I will definitely be making this again!!!

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