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CAPRESE SALAD INSPIRED BY JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE

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40 min

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5,231,163 views  Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is a great many things: it's an adventure, it's bizarre, and it's essentially one long, uninterrupted Jojo reference. It's also, fleetingly, an enthusiastic examination of Italian food. Follow along this week as we unravel the mysteries of one of my greatest cooking fears: fresh, homemade mozzarella!

4 servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Mozzarella

For the Mozzarella

cheese salt (optional)

1 tsp cheese salt (optional)

citric acid

1 ½ tsp citric acid

animal or vegetable rennet

¼ tsp animal or vegetable rennet

whole milk

1 gallon whole milk

non chlorinated water

1 cup non chlorinated water

whey

2 tbsp whey

non chlorinated water

¼ cup non chlorinated water

For the Caprese Dressing

For the Caprese Dressing

anchovy, minced

1 whole anchovy, minced

piece dried seaweed, finely chopped

1 piece dried seaweed, finely chopped

white wine vinegar

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

lemon, squeezed

0.5 lemon, squeezed

olive oil

2 tbsp olive oil

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

splashes balsamic vinegar

2 splashes balsamic vinegar

For the Plate

For the Plate

Lettuce

Lettuce

Bread

Bread

tomato, sliced

1 tomato, sliced

basil leaves

2 basil leaves

mozzarella ball, sliced

1 mozzarella ball, sliced

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Mozzarella

1.

Start by combining citric acid with cool, clear, non-chlorinated water and whisk together in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine a cool, clear, non-chlorinated water with a rennet and whisk together.

non chlorinated water

¼ cup non chlorinated water

citric acid

1 ½ tsp citric acid

non chlorinated water

1 cup non chlorinated water

animal or vegetable rennet

¼ tsp animal or vegetable rennet

2.

In a large stockpot, pour the citric acid mixture in along with whole milk and set over medium-low heat. Stir slowly and bring the milky mixture to 90°F. Kill the heat and pull the pot off the second it hits 90°F. Add the rennet mixture while mixing with an up and down method for 30 seconds.

whole milk

1 gallon whole milk

3.

After 30 seconds, pop a pot lid on and let rest for at least 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the curd should look like a layer of fat-free greek style yogurt has formed on the top. Using a long thin knife, cut the curd into 1” pieces - being sure that the tip of the knife hits the bottom of the pot with each stroke.

4.

Then return to medium-low heat and gently stir the mixture until it reaches 110°F. It is essential not to go any higher or lower than 110°F otherwise the cheese will come out squeaky.

5.

Remove the pot from the heat and continue to gently stir until the curds soften and become extremely gelatinous, about 2-3 minutes.

6.

Over a separate pot, ladle the curds into a fine-mesh sieve, season with cheese salt and remove the tons and tons of excess whey. For an easier method, lift the cheese up and tilt the sieve to remove the majority of the whey. Watch the video above for tips!

cheese salt (optional)

1 tsp cheese salt (optional)

7.

Return all of the excess whey back to the main pot over medium-high heat and bring the whole mixture up to 175°F. This mixture will be used to help heat and stretch the cheese.

8.

Using a fine-mesh ladle, dip a third of the curd into the hot whey and pull it out and begin to stretch it like taffy. Stretch it out and fold onto itself about 4-6 times, re-dipping as necessary to soften it up. Once it has become soft and shiny and elastic, form it into a ball the same way as bread dough, pressing up between the fingers with the thumb making a taut little ball.

9.

In order for the mozzarella to keep its shape, it must be chilled quickly. Place in a bowl of cold water with whey, 3-4 ice cubes, and a pinch of kosher salt. Mix together and drop the mozzarella balls in and store in the fridge for up to 4 days in their brine.

whey

2 tbsp whey

10.

for the Anchovy-Seaweed Dressing:

1.

Start by mincing whole anchovy (basically into a powder) and chopping dried seaweed. Place into a bowl along with white wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, a pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, and two splashes of balsamic vinegar.

anchovy, minced

1 whole anchovy, minced

piece dried seaweed, finely chopped

1 piece dried seaweed, finely chopped

white wine vinegar

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

lemon, squeezed

0.5 lemon, squeezed

olive oil

2 tbsp olive oil

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

splashes balsamic vinegar

2 splashes balsamic vinegar

2.

Mix together using a tiny whisk or pour into a tiny mason jar and give it a shake.

3.

for the Assembly:

1.

On a plate, place lettuce, small cuts from a piece of toast then stack tomato with thinly sliced pieces of mozzarella alternating from the left side.

Lettuce

2 Lettuce

Bread

2 Bread

tomato, sliced

5 slices tomato, sliced

basil leaves

2 basil leaves

mozzarella ball, sliced

1 mozzarella ball, sliced

2.

Drizzle with the anchovy seaweed dressing and top with two basil leaves.

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