For a quick, light meal, fresh mozzarella can be served simply with fresh bread and wine. Sliced and alternated with fresh tomato slices and olives, and garnished with basil and pepper, fresh mozzarella can also become part of an antipasto salad.
In cooked dishes, such as eggplant parmigiana and tomato casseroles; with pasta or in lasagna; with veal or chicken; and in grilled foods and of course on pizza, mozzarella is one of the most popular cheeses in the United States.
There are two basic varieties of mozzarella, either of which may be sold whole or already sliced or grated.
Traditional fresh mozzarella
Usually sold in containers of brine, shaped into delicate balls, or packaged moist, fresh mozzarella can be purchased in Italian specialty shops, cheese markets, and some natural foods and grocery stores. Originally made from the milk of water buffalo, and called mozzarella di bufala, mozzarella is now most often made from cows’ milk, and is referred to as fior di latte. Unsalted varieties, intended for cooking, are nearly sodium free. Salted mozzarella is a good table cheese. Mozzarella also comes in lightly smoked (affumicata) or heavily smoked (scamorza) varieties that add interest to salads and grilled foods.
A semisoft cheese of the same type as brick and Havarti, this factory-made variety is drier than fresh mozzarella. It is generally sliced or shredded as a topping for pizzas, and appears in pastas and sandwiches. Mozzarella now comes in whole-milk, part-skim, low-moisture, light, and fat-free varieties. However, the low-fat varieties do not melt as smoothly as the whole-milk or part-skim types. String cheese is usually made of semisoft mozzarella.
Mozzarella, 1 oz. (28g)
Total Fat: 6.1g
*Good source of: Calcium (146mg)
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily Value.
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