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Mozzarella With Crazy Gremolata

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Introduction

There are no bad ways of eating good mozzarella. I am perfectly happy just with a spatter of salt and a green glug of olive oil, but this is something special. Gremolata - or gremolada - is the traditional flavouring spritz given to ossobuco, and is a sprinkly mixture of grated lemon zest, garlic and parsley. Mine, here, is an exuberant, madcap version, full of fire and flavour and vibrant against the milky white of the mozzarella.

There are no bad ways of eating good mozzarella. I am perfectly happy just with a spatter of salt and a green glug of olive oil, but this is something special. Gremolata - or gremolada - is the traditional flavouring spritz given to ossobuco, and is a sprinkly mixture of grated lemon zest, garlic and parsley. Mine, here, is an exuberant, madcap version, full of fire and flavour and vibrant against the milky white of the mozzarella.

Mozzarella With Crazy Gremolata
Photo by Lis Parsons

Ingredients

Serves: 6 as part of a starter

Metric Cups
  • 2 balls buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 long red chilli (deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 6 black olives (finely chopped)
  • zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • ½ clove garlic (crushed)
  • ½ teaspoon maldon salt (or 1/4 teaspoon table salt)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 2 balls buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 long red chile (deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 6 black olives (finely chopped)
  • zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • ½ clove garlic (crushed)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes (or 1/4 teaspoon table salt)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (finely chopped)

Method

  1. Slice the mozzarella into 5mm / ¼ inch-thick rounds and arrange on a plate.
  2. In a bowl mix the chopped chilli with the chopped olives, lemon zest and crushed garlic.
  3. Tip in the salt, oil and parsley and stir together to make your c-c-c-c-razy gremolata.
  4. Spoon the gremolata down the centres of your slices of mozzarella.
  1. Slice the mozzarella into 5mm / ¼ inch-thick rounds and arrange on a plate.
  2. In a bowl mix the chopped chilli with the chopped olives, lemon zest and crushed garlic.
  3. Tip in the salt, oil and parsley and stir together to make your c-c-c-c-razy gremolata.
  4. Spoon the gremolata down the centres of your slices of mozzarella.

Additional Information

For vegetarians make sure the mozzarella is made without animal rennet.

For vegetarians make sure the mozzarella is made without animal rennet.

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What 2 Others have said

  • Cannot wait to try this out, sounds delicious!

    Posted by jac92 on 2nd September 2014
  • I love mozzarella so I'm trying out this recipe today! :)

    Posted by AnnaMariaB on 24th September 2012
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