CREAMY LEMON & CHILLI MOZZARELLA



Sliced mozzarella marinated in crème fraiche, preserved lemon, lemon juice and pepper. Top with olive oil, chilli and marjoram before serving on toasted ciabatta. Perfect for entertaining! 
   
INGREDIENTS:
250g mozzarella
1/4 cup crème fraiche
1 piece of preserved lemon
2tbsp lemon juice
Pepper
Olive oil
1 red chilli
Fresh marjoram leaves
Sliced ciabatta bread
   
METHOD:
1. Slice mozzarella into 1cm thick pieces.
2. Rinse and finely mince the preserved lemon.
3. Gently combine the mozzarella, preserved lemon, lemon juice and pepper in a bowl.
4. Arrange the creamy cheese mixture on a plate.
5. Finely slice the red chilli.
6. Drizzle the cheese plate with olive oil, sliced chilli and fresh marjoram leaves.
7. Serve on toasted ciabatta slices.
   
NOTES:
o Refrigerated mozzarella (not freshly made) is ideal for this recipe – it is easier to slice and holds texture better on the platter.
o No crème fraiche? You could use sour cream instead.
o The finely grated zest from 1 fresh lemon can be used instead of the preserved lemon (also add a pinch of salt for flavour if using fresh zest).
o Can be made a few hours ahead – keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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