7 Ways With Mozzarella

Serve this Italian favorite on sandwiches, tarts, burgers and more for a quick dish.

  • Add More Mozzarella
    Story by Maureen Callahan

    Add More Mozzarella

    Shredded, whole, or sliced, mild-flavored mozzarella is typically enjoyed on pizzas or Italian pasta dishes. Branch out beyond the ordinary with Mexican-inspired quesadillas, creamy risotto, smoky tarts, and sizzling burgers. You'll soon finding yourself buying more than the simple shredded, bagged variety at the store.

  • Marinated Mozzarella
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    Marinated Mozzarella

    Stylishly simple, these easy appetizers are made by topping cubes of mozzarella with a bit of sun dried tomato, spices, and a splash of olive oil. Skewer them on stalks of fresh rosemary and chill for eight hours to allow flavors to blend.
  • Tomato and Mozzarella Quesadillas with Basil
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Frances Janisch

    Tomato and Mozzarella Quesadillas with Basil

    With a hint of culinary fusion, these simple quesadillas are stuffed with the sun-drenched flavors of the Mediterranean: shredded or sliced mozzarella, tomatoes, and toasted pine nuts. For variety, try flavored flour tortillas instead of the plain.
  • Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza
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    Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza

    Take a shortcut with refrigerated pizza dough or a premade pizza crust and this simple but sublime combo of country ham, sliced Roma tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella can be only the table in less than 20 minutes.
  • Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes, and Basil
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    Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes, and Basil

    The trio of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves are one of those hallmark flavor combinations that are made even better when stirred into creamy hot risotto. A drizzle of thickened balsamic vinegar finishes off the dish and makes for an elegant weeknight or weekend supper.
  • Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini
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    Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini

    Deli ham, sliced mozzarella, basil and hot cherry peppers are sandwiched between the flat Italian bread called ciabatta, and a brush of Dijon and a splash of balsamic vinegar add more flavor. Grill the sandwich with an improvised panini press, otherwise known as two skillets.
  • Eggplant, Tomato, and Smoked Mozzarella Tart
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

    Eggplant, Tomato, and Smoked Mozzarella Tart

    Roasted eggplant, tomatoes and smoky mozzarella cheese make for a rich and filling combination that satisfies meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Making this on a weeknight? Buy a premade pizza crust to save time.
  • Tomato and Mozzarella Burger
    Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Amy Neunsinger

    Tomato and Mozzarella Burger

    Roasting is a great way to concentrate flavor in winter (out of season) tomatoes. But go one step further and tuck a thin slice of mozzarella between two hot tomato halves for a tasty side dish or appetizer.
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