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June 5, 2012

How to make Fresh Mozzarella

Each Friday at 3:00pm Executive Chef Nathan Dirnberger hosts a cooking demonstration in the Grizzly Grill. This past Friday he and his cooking team demonstrated how to make mozzarella cheese, below is the recipe he demonstrated. 

  •  2 gallons water, divided
  • 3 pounds whole milk mozzarella curd (available at specialty Italian markets)
  • 4 tablespoons salt, divided, plus more for serving
  • Tomatoes-sliced, Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil for serving

  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a large pot, bring a gallon of water to a boil.
  2. In a large bowl, break up the mozzarella curd into small pieces. Coat the curd with 2 tablespoons of salt, & set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, salt the second gallon of water with the remaining salt & add as much ice as it can hold.
  4. This is where it gets a little tricky. Carefully pour the boiling water over the salted curd. As the curds begin to melt, carefully stir with a wooden spoon for 1 minute. Submerge both of your hands in the ice water for as long as you can stand it, because you're about to stretch the mozzarella in boiling hot water. The curd will have settled into the bottom of the bowl, & at this point you have to work quickly or risk over-cooking the curd.
  5. Dip your hands into the hot water & begin stretching the mozzarella. By stretching the cheese you insure that all the curds have completely melted. The curds will become incredibly soft & have buttery shine, & also, it smells wonderful. Form the mozzarella into tomato size balls, & then drop the mozzarella into the ice water to stop the cooking process. Work quickly, as the mozzarella will start to become rubbery the longer it sits in the hot water.
  6. Wrap each mozzarella ball tightly in plastic wrap & store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  7. Serve the cheese with the best tomatoes & fresh basil you can find, extra virgin olive oil, salt & fresh cracked pepper.

Check back each week for a new recipe straight from the Taste of the Wild Catering team here at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. 

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