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Nov 30, 2012 09:52 AM

Oven is broke...What to do with mozzarella?

Got a hunk of it from Costco. Made chicken parm, now oven is broke. What do with it, expiring soon. Don't want to fry it.

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  1. Make what the Italians call telephone wires. Make a simple marinara sauce. Toss pasta with it, and while it is hot, toss in small die of mozzarella. It will melt and as you eat it, the melted mozzarella will stretch and form telephone wires.

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    1. Have a panini party. Even if you don't have a panini press, you can make the sandwiches in a pan. If you have a heavy pan, heat it to piping hot and use it to weight down the top of each sandwich as the bottom is cooking in the pan. This will act as the press. Fillings can be anything from pesto, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, to meatballs and mozzarella, or prosciutto, mozzarella and red pepper pesto or even hot pepper jelly. Combination possibilities are endless.

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      1. re: 1sweetpea

        ... and to gild the lily after you compose the sandwich dip the whole thing in beaten eggs then plop it on the skillet. You could even have individual bowls with marinara as a dipping sauce.

        1. If it' fresh, cut up and marinade in evoo with spices and use in salads of just eat it as an app. If it's the block style mozz, shread and feeeze for future parms or pizza.

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          1. re: treb

            I was thinking of putting some chunks in a salad.

          2. If you can find some hothouse tomatoes I'd make a caprese salad

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            1. re: rasputina

              I'll look up a caprese salad and see what it is, thanks.

              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                you're not going to get any decent tomatoes unless you're in florida this time of year.

                if you're not local with real sunshine tomatoes, skip the caprese, and go with a pressed, grilled sandwich (think prosciutto, arugula/basil & mozz) or a pasta where you can toss in the same things ;-). (maybe slice some grape tomatoes for the pasta, too -- and start with a few evoo-sauteed garlic slices).

            2. I think Serious Eats has a stovetop CI pizza recipe/method.