For company, I'd serve the cheese as part of an antipasto platter, with a side of olives and cured meats. Instead of slices, consider mini mozzarella balls for easy nibbling. Best of all, this easy appetizer takes just a few minutes in the kitchen, leaving time to enjoy a cool glass of crisp white wine with guests.
Fresh Mozzarella Toasts with Spicy Herb OilAdapted from Bon Appetit. Makes 6 appetizer servings.
5 tablespoons good quality extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
2 tablespoons nonpareil capers
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
12 ounces fresh water-packed mozzarella cheese, drained, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in small skillet over very low heat. Add garlic and crushed pepper and stir just until garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes (if garlic starts to color, remove from heat immediately).
Remove from heat; stir in oregano, capers, salt, pepper and remaining oil. Spoon over cheese slices, and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with toast or crackers.
Related: Classic Caprese Salad
(Images: Liz Vidyarthi)