Savory Mozzarella Bread Pudding

Serve this savory side dish for brunch or paired with spicy grilled chicken for a famous supper. Strings of melted mozzarella follow your fork as you eat it. The flavors suggest those found in a mellow pizza of sliced tomatoes, oregano, Parmesan, olive oil and Mozzarella—served up in a soft custard studded with cubes of crusty Italian bread. This is pure comfort food. Continue reading

Shrimp Stuffed with Spinach and Mozzarella

These are some of my favorite foods all combined in one dish. Breaded shrimp coated with air-dried breadcrumbs sautéed till golden brown in olive oil, spinach blended with pancetta, garlic and onions, tomato sauce, all covered with melted mozzarella. Serve with creamy polenta. You can make this ahead of time. After friends arrive, just bake until warm and bubbly. Have one of your friends stir the polenta so you can take the night off. Continue reading

Mozzarella Porcini Fondue

Gooey, stringy mozzarella blends beautifully with white wine and cream. The nutty flavor of porcini mushrooms adds a subtle note that is enhanced by the mellow cheese. Dip cubes of crusty sourdough bread into this fondue for a rich snack after skiing, during a Sunday afternoon football fest, or a special supper. Try to find Maplebrook Handmade Mozzarella, it has just the right moisture content and consistency. Continue reading

Eggplant & Summer Squash Lasagna with Roasted Red Peppers and Black Olives

When the weather is hot we all want something that can be put together without much effort, but takes advantage of the season’s best ingredients. This recipe use some of the garden’s bounty; if you are a gardener that means, what am I going to do with all these vegetables? They’re taking over. Layered like a lasagna, but containing no pasta, it is light to suit the seasonal heat, yet still rich with fresh cheese and a sharply flavored topping. This one-dish meal pairs well with a toasty loaf of garlic bread and some mixed greens.

Try a crisp, Sauvignon Blanc. The acidity, citrus quality, and herbal tones will compliment the garlic and roasted red peppers. American Amber Ale has just the right sweetness and spice to work with the vegetables and cheeses. Continue reading