1 ½ Cup Midtown Olive Oil Picholine Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Pound Fresh Mozzarella, Drained
1 Teaspoon Kosher Or Sea Salt
½ Teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
2” Sprig Fresh Rosemary, Bruised To Release Fragrance
Drain the mozzarella. Sprinkle salt over it. In medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, heat ½ cup of Picholine oil, red chili flakes and rosemary to 175 degrees. Hold for 2 minutes and then allow to cool to room temperature. Mix in the remaining cup of Picholine. Place the salted mozzarella in a jar or other container large enough to hold the olive oil and cheese. Pour the oil, herbs and chili flakes over the cheese. Marinate in the refrigerator for up to one week. This cheese is delicious speared on a toothpick with a small, ripe cherry tomato and a basil leaf.
(Note: you may buy the smaller variety and use it whole, or buy one of the larger varieties and cut into smaller bite-sized pieces)