Fresh mozzarella makes a wonderful antipasto or light lunch. Try this great recipe!
When I lived in Vicenza it was just a short walk to a small latteria in the area of Riviera Berica. A latteria is a cheese store. The woman working there was always patient with my Italian and was always generous in letting me try the various cheeses. I learned to enjoy the flavor of fresh Mozzarella. It is a great favorite in my house. If I buy it today I have to double the purchase because only half will last until dinner. My sons will eat the round cheeses like apples.
This recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare and is a nice light beginning to a full meal or makes a great lunch.
Directions & Ingredients
- Slice one medium sized ball of fresh mozzarella into 1/2 inch pieces and put onto a serving dish.
- Mix in a small dish:
- 3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 3 Tbs capers, minced
- 1 Tbs Balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp oregano
- fresh ground pepper to taste
- Pour oil mixture over mozzarella. Allow to stand for at least 10 minutes.
- Garnish with Italian olives and roasted peppers.
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