I recently ordered a homemade mozzarella and ricotta making kit. I have tried to make the mozzarella twice, and both times it has not quite worked out. The problem is that most standard grocery store milk has been pasteurized at too high of a temperature and the enzymes have been damaged and cannot form strong enough curds. I have just learned all of this by the way. So when this happens, it says to use the mixture as a cheese spread which I have used here to make finger sandwiches for a recent party. Look forward to a successful mozzarella post soon, but in the meantime….makeshift party finger sandwiches!
The mixture of weak curds was pretty similar to a ricotta but thicker. I added salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a few red pepper flakes to the spread. Here it is being used as it’s namesake, a spread on a diagonally cut baguette. I oiled a griddle pan and put the cheesed breads down. Then added store bought roasted tomato slices. I didn’t have any cash at the bakery when buying the baguette and there was a $5 minimum so I got the tomatoes and ended up just cents over that min. Honestly I was just going to originally bring the cut bread with the cheese spread as a dip and got the idea to use the end pieces and make a quick grilled sandwich for myself and figured why not do, well what I am showing you right now.
Then I partnered everyone up and sprayed the top pieces with a bit of oil.
Just keep an eye on the pieces closer to the flame as the griddle is great, but naturally is cooler out towards the corners. So rotate them around a bit.
I sliced them in half to spread the pieces further at the party and they were a great hit, though I did see a guy trying to pull the sandwich apart not realizing that it was a sandwich. I just watched and let him do it.
I promise that a successful mozzarella post is coming soon! I am going to go to the East End Food Co-op and get raw milk and pasteurize it myself.
whaaaaat’s up dude. i’ve used grocery store milk to make mozz quite a few times and its always worked. Maybe let it set up a little longer? microwave longer and squeeze a little harder (uuuuunnnnghhh)
Ooh yum! I could eat that whole platter 🙂
Great job making the most from what you had! Anyone can follow a recipe, great cooks are one who one’s who can make great dishes from cooking challenges. Nice work “chef”!!