Enjoy Tomato Season With Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella

9/27/2018

Waterloo, WI, September 26, 2018—No matter what your favorite tomato recipe is, award-winning Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Fresh Mozzarella enhances the flavors of ripe, garden-fresh tomatoes. Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella is available in several varieties that will complement whatever tomato dish you're looking forward to enjoying. Choose from small mozzarella balls in four sizes (pearl size, cherry size, golf ball and egg size), Marinated Fresh Mozzarella, and Fresh Mozzarella Medallions. Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella is also available in 8-ounce and 1-pound balls and 1-pound logs. Here are ways you can pair Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella with freshly harvested tomatoes for seasonal meals.

1. Fancy enough for brunch yet simple enough for a one-pot family meal made in an oven-safe skillet, Italian-Style Shakshouka is a spin on the classic North African dish. It incorporates poached eggs simmered in a sauce of fresh tomatoes, onions and roasted peppers. The sauce gets an extra boost from cumin and smoked paprika. After the eggs are cracked into the sauce, add an 8-ounce container of Crave Brothers Marinated Mozzarella, Ciliegine (cherry size), reserving the marinade. Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for about 8 minutes, until eggs are cooked and the Fresh Mozzarella is just beginning to melt. Serve Shakshouka with marinated crostini, made by brushing both sides of sliced Italian bread with ¼ cup of marinade from Crave Brothers Marinated Mozzarella. Bake until bread slices are lightly browned on both sides. For the complete recipe, visit the Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese website at www.cravecheese.com.

2. Make an easy Tomato Mango Salad by combining chopped fresh tomatoes with fresh mango that has been peeled and cut into chunks. Add Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella, Perlines and chopped fresh basil to taste. Drizzle the salad with Italian dressing.

3. Toss Roasted Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes with Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella, Ciliegine size. Add olive oil, herbs and a splash of balsamic vinegar. If desired, add black olives just before serving.

4. Create an Autumn Baked Pasta Dish featuring fresh chopped tomatoes and Crave Brothers Marinated Fresh Mozzarella. To a sauté pan with olive oil, add chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until onion is translucent. Add tomatoes and 1 to 2 tsp. Italian seasoning and cook for about 1 minute. Cook your favorite pasta shape (bowties, linguine, angel hair or penne) to desired doneness and toss with the tomato mixture and Crave Brothers Marinated Fresh Mozzarella, along with a small amount of the marinade. Reserve remaining marinade. Add more Italian seasoning if desired, and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the pasta mixture into a baking dish and bake at 350° for about 25 minutes. Serve with toasted crusty bread that has been brushed with remaining marinade from Crave Brothers Marinated Fresh Mozzarella.

5. Bake Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella in a Fresh Tomato Pie. Use your favorite recipe for this classic. Line a partially baked pie shell with sliced onion, sliced fresh tomatoes, chopped fresh basil, and very thinly sliced Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella. Top with a mixture of shredded Parmesan, cheddar or Gruyere with mayonnaise. Bake at 350° for about 25 minutes. Licensed cheesemaker George Crave oversees the making of all the Crave Brothers handcrafted artisan cheeses.

Like other Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Fresh Mozzarella is made with milk from the family's own dairy herd. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese is sustainably produced in the family's own farmstead cheese-making facility that practices water conservation, recycling, and uses 100 percent green power. Their anaerobic biodigester produces enough electricity to power the Crave Brothers Farm, the farmstead cheese-making plant, and over 300 homes in their community. At the recent 2018 Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Products Contest, Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Marinated Mozzarella won a First Place Award, and also took First Place honors in the 2018 World Cheese Championships as well the 2018 Dodge County Fair Cheese Judging. Visit the website at www.cravecheese.com for other recipe ideas such as Caprese Salad, featuring Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Fresh Mozzarella and tomatoes. You'll also find product information about the award-winning line of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, and videos highlighting the Crave Brothers green story.

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