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Marinella Mozzarella di Latte di Buffala Frozen 200g

Elusive Italian Miracle

There‚Äôs moz¬≠zarel¬≠la‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČand then there‚Äôs buf¬≠fa¬≠lo moz¬≠zarel¬≠la. This deca¬≠dent¬≠ly creamy, fla¬≠vor¬≠ful cheese from the milk of the Ital¬≠ian water buf¬≠fa¬≠lo is prac¬≠ti¬≠cal¬≠ly the rea¬≠son the word ‚Äč‚Äúmouth¬≠feel‚ÄĚ was invented.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

Buf¬≠fa¬≠lo milk has twice the fat of cow milk, which gives this moz¬≠zarel¬≠la cheese its silky, creamy taste and tex¬≠ture. It also has thir¬≠ty per¬≠cent more pro¬≠tein, which cre¬≠ates that dis¬≠tinc¬≠tive, deca¬≠dent rich¬≠ness. Buf¬≠fa¬≠lo moz¬≠zarel¬≠la sits between a sol¬≠id and a liq¬≠uid, between a yogurt and cot¬≠tage cheese, or a heavy cream and ricot¬≠ta‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČwith a tangi¬≠ness and sweet¬≠ness all its own. It‚Äôs pil¬≠lowy and dense, del¬≠i¬≠cate and the slight¬≠est bit gamey, with a faint bounce to the touch that no oth¬≠er cheese can mimic.

PREPA­RA­TION

Pos¬≠si¬≠bly the most famous dish that uses Buf¬≠fa¬≠lo moz¬≠zarel¬≠la is the cap¬≠rese sal¬≠ad‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČa sim¬≠ple assem¬≠bly of sliced toma¬≠to, fresh basil leaves, and the cheese, fin¬≠ished with a driz¬≠zle of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. For a bit of sweet¬≠ness, add sliced straw¬≠ber¬≠ries, chopped hazel¬≠nut, and bal¬≠sam¬≠ic vine¬≠gar. For a lit¬≠tle crunch, work the com¬≠bi¬≠na¬≠tion into a bruschet¬≠ta. If you pre¬≠fer some¬≠thing warm, fry lit¬≠tle pieces into aranci¬≠ni or com¬≠bine slices with ricot¬≠ta in a hearty lasagna. Use it to ele¬≠vate the clas¬≠sic margheri¬≠ta piz¬≠za and you will not regret it. 

A small note from us ducks to you: our vari­ant comes frozen and needs to be thawed overnight in the fridge before serving.

When it comes to bev¬≠er¬≠ages, buf¬≠fa¬≠lo moz¬≠zarel¬≠la pairs well with both beers and wines. It‚Äôs best with white wines, as a con¬≠trast to their inher¬≠ent acid¬≠i¬≠ty. Try a Gre¬≠co di Tufo, Sauvi¬≠gnon Blanc, or Albar¬≠i√Īo such as Mar de Frades Albar¬≠i√Īo Atlanti¬≠co Rias Baixas 2019. The sub¬≠tle sweet¬≠ness of a Mosca¬≠to also makes a good pair for this creamy cheese. Red drinkers will love it with lighter, fruiti¬≠er wines like Beau¬≠jo¬≠lais, Lam¬≠br¬≠us¬≠co, or Valpo¬≠li¬≠cel¬≠la‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČor our Speri Valpo¬≠li¬≠cel¬≠la Clas¬≠si¬≠co (2018). Beer lovers will enjoy this del¬≠i¬≠cate cheese with bot¬≠tom-fer¬≠ment¬≠ed lagers, pil¬≠sners, or, for a bit of flo¬≠ral spice, a Sai¬≠son or Bel¬≠gian Trappist.

CHEESE FROMSEN­SI­TIVE SOURCE

It is some¬≠times said in Italy that Han¬≠ni¬≠bal of Carthage used what is now the Ital¬≠ian water buf¬≠fa¬≠lo to car¬≠ry his war spoils back from Asia‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČa dubi¬≠ous tale, but one that only adds to the myth of buf¬≠fa¬≠lo moz¬≠zarel¬≠la. The buf¬≠fa¬≠los pro¬≠duce only a quar¬≠ter of the milk that a reg¬≠u¬≠lar cow does, and have to be treat¬≠ed with utmost care to do so. Some milk farm¬≠ers admit to play¬≠ing soft music, brush¬≠ing, or sweet-talk¬≠ing the ani¬≠mals to coax them to let down their milk. Once this pre¬≠cious resource is obtained, a tricky craft¬≠ing process dif¬≠fer¬≠ent from that of oth¬≠er cheeses can begin. The results are com¬≠plete¬≠ly worth it.

Storage Instructions

Store in freez¬≠er. Defrost overnight in chiller or fridge before serving.