Cheese of the Month: BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella

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There are numerous steps in the cheesemaking process, but one of the most important is the quality of the milk. Indeed, as any cheese expert and connoisseur can attest, milk freshness makes a big difference in the final product.

With production of fresh cheeses, this attribute becomes even more important, and that is why BelGioioso Master Cheesemakers insist on using Wisconsin fresh cow’s milk only a few hours after milking to make BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella. The freshness helps create a mild, milky flavored cheese with a soft, almost creamy texture. Lest anything get in the way of that freshness, BelGioioso’s cheesemakers produce an all-natural product with no preservatives by using handed-down, Old World techniques to maintain both flavor and texture.

BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella is made to order and packed in Thermoform packaging for optimum freshness. It has a delicate flavor that is never overpowering, and the porcelain white appearance and rich texture makes it quite appealing. Slice it into a sandwich for a creamy fresh flavor, or enhance your salads and appetizers with its soft texture. You will enjoy the freshness, quality and consistency of this cheese, its mouth-watering goodness is guaranteed.

Grilled Eggplant Cheesy Lasagna Stacks

Grilled Eggplant Lasagna Stacks
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Lb. Eggplant
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 Cups Marinara Sauce
  • 8 Oz. BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella (8 Oz. Ball), sliced
  • 1 Cup BelGioioso Ricotta con Latte
  • 2 T. Shredded BelGioioso Parmesan
  • 
Fresh basil, to taste and chopped
Instructions
  1. Slice eggplant, about ¼ inch thick, salt and let sit for one hour to draw out the water.
  2. Pat dry.
  3. Heat a Teflon-coated grill pan or use a grill to heat each slice of eggplant until browned on each side.
  4. For each “lasagna” stack, spread one grilled eggplant slice with marinara sauce and top with a slice of Fresh Mozzarella.
  5. Add another eggplant slice and top with Ricotta con Latte.
  6. Garnish with marinara sauce, sprinkle with Parmesan, and broil to heat and melt cheese

Pearls Flatbread Salad
Fresh Mozzarella Pearls Flatbread Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 5 Oz. Mixed Baby Salad Greens
  • ⅔ Cup Mixed Fresh Herbs (basil, mint, parsley, tarragon), chopped
  • ⅔ Cup Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 2 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • 12 Oz. Prepared Grilled Flatbread
  • Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, slivered
  • 8 Oz. BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella Pearls Cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine salad greens, chopped herbs and green onions; set aside.
  2. For dressing, combine lemon juice, mustard and olive oil.
  3. Toss salad mixture with dressing.
  4. Season salad with kosher salt and black pepper.
  5. For each serving, cut one grilled flatbread into quarters.
  6. Plate the pieces, spoke-fashion, leaving plate center clear.
  7. Add 1 cup salad to center of plate.
  8. Top with slivered oven-roasted tomatoes and BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella Pearls.

Fresh Mozzarella Crostini
Fresh Mozzarella Crostini
 
Ingredients
  • Crostini, sliced
  • 8 Oz. Slices of BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella Log
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Zucchini Ribbons
  • Roasted Red Pepper Slices
  • Diced Assorted Fruit
  • Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus
  • Prosciutto Slice and Roasted Tomato
  • Salami and Chopped Olives
Instructions
  1. Serve sliced BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella as an easy and tasty appetizer on toasted crostini with any of the tasty combinations listed above!

 

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