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Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella

Crostini Appetizer

This Italian Appetizer for Crostini with Mozzarella comes from Emeril Lagasse. If you haven't heard, he's one of my favorite chefs.

I've made a lot of Crostini appetizers in my day, but this was the first I ever made that was on skewers. Its a nice twist to the typical toast with tomatoes and basil and if you usually use that packaged shredded mozzarella cheese, once you try fresh mozzarella you'll never go back. I shred all my own cheeses from fresh blocks, no mater what type of cheese my recipe calls for.

Crostini with Mozzarella Recipe

1 (17-inch) loaf Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
24 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1-inch cubes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Spread the bread cubes on a large baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Meanwhile in a medium skillet, heat the butter until it begins to foam, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low, add the rosemary and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

Alternate cubes of bread and cheese on 10-inch skewers, starting and ending with bread. Suspend the skewers over a shallow pan, making sure that the bread and cheese don't touch the bottom. Brush the rosemary butter over the bread and cheese cubes. Bake until the bread is golden and crunchy and the cheese is beginning to melt, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Slip the bread and cheese cubes off the skewers onto a warm platter and serve immediately.


 

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