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Grilled Zucchini with Fresh Mozzarella

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The delicate taste of fresh mozzarella offers a delicious counterpoint to the garlic-and-vinegar-macerated zucchini. However, if you prefer a stronger cheese flavor, try goat cheese instead.

Ingredients

  • 3 zucchini (about 1 pound), cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 pound salted fresh mozzarella, cut into thick slices

How to Make It

  1. Light the grill or heat the broiler. In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, toss the zucchini with 1 tablespoon of the oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Grill or broil the zucchini, turning once, until tender and golden, about 5 minutes per side. Put the zucchini back in the bowl.

  2. Toss the zucchini with 1/2 tablespoon of the oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, the vinegar, garlic, and parsley. Let cool.

  3. Put the mozzarella slices on a serving plate, fanning them out to form a circle. Drizzle them with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and sprinkle them with a pinch of pepper. Fold the zucchini slices in half and tuck them between the pieces of cheese.

  4. Fresh Mozzarella: Soft mozzarella is shaped into balls and stored in water to keep it moist. It is available both salted and unsalted, but the latter is very bland indeed. We prefer the salted variety; salting brings out the mild, milky flavor of the cheese.

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