I discovered mozzarella grilled in lemon leaves on the Amalfi coast, where lemons are a way of life. It’s delicious and so very simple to make, especially if you (or a neighbour) have a lemon tree in the backyard. I’ve tried it with fresh fior di latte, but that’s a bit too moist; I find the scamorza bianca from Vannella Cheese has the perfect melting texture. Trim the cheese slices if necessary so there’s room top and bottom to secure the leaves with toothpicks. And don’t worry if the cheese oozes out a little, the crusty bits it forms on the grill are a special treat! Eat with your hands, using the bread to scrape the cheese off the leaves (don’t eat them) and enjoy it with a cold glass of white wine – a southern Italian varietal, like Geoff Hardy’s delicious fiano, is ideal. See video below for another deliciously cheesy Italian recipe.
Serves 2 as a starter
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