Rome is hot this week, so the less cooking the better. Greek salad, caprese, prosciutto e melone, watermelon, lentil salads, peaches…. What to make for dinner? Wandering through our local supermarket, I met up with my husband, who was chatting to the cheese guy there, both looking at a large opaque bag. “Sfoglia di mozzarella”, said the cheese guy. A sheet of mozzarella? What to do you DO with that? So he told us: speck, rughetta, pomodorini, sale, pepe, olio. Layer, dress, roll, rest, slice and serve. Let’s try, we thought. Always fun to try something new.
This was inside the bag: a sheet of mozzarella. Drain it. Lay it out on cling film (which should have been oiled, my neighbour later said.)
Layering on speck, about 200 grammes? One packet. This is a cured, smoked ham. Like prosciutto, but not quite the same.
Rughetta and pomodorini added in, with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and a little olive oil.
…… Then we rolled up the sheet, as if rolling a jelly roll or cinnamon bun dough. It probably should have been tighter, as the tomatoes were escaping on the edges.
Here it is, all wrapped up in clingfilm to rest in the fridge for a couple hours.
Sliced and ready to serve for antipasto. Rather fun! I had seen this in restaurants, but never made it before. This was not amazing mozzarella, but good as a cold starter, and a change from the usual insalata caprese, which is always lovely. The sheet of mozzarella can be used with a variety of fillings, like tuna, salmon or radicchio.
Notes: Depending on the filling, the mozzarella roll can also be heated before serving. I may try that when the summer heat has passed. If you can find some, have a go. Otherwise In cucina di Paola (in Italian) describes making the mozzarella sheet yourself: heat a ball of mozzarella in microwave or bain-marie, lay it between two sheets of baking parchment, and roll it out with a rolling pin. Very interesting!
This experiment is my contribution to Fiesta Friday 25, with many thanks to the hosts. Gorgeous selection of offerings there as usual!