Making fresh mozzarella at home is easy and fun! And why not? Beyond making pizza dough from scratch, there's nothing more satisfying, and it's the logical next step for the do-it-yourselfer. Try this recipe from Luciana Crosa, executive chef at Luca Bella Restaurant in Aventura, Fla.
It may help to set up a bowl of ice water to cool your hands occasionally while shaping the curd.
Note: The easiest place to find mozzarella curds is either in cheese shops or online — search for "mozzarella curds."
Heat water in a large pot to 170 degrees. Place the curd in a mixing bowl and cover it with hot water (leave some in the pot since you'll need fresh hot water again later). Work the curd with a wooden spoon toward you until it melts into one large ball, about 2-3 minutes. Drain the milky water and cover with fresh hot water.
Add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt to every pound of curd used. Stretch the mozzarella, pulling but not tearing it for about 3-4 minutes. Shape the mozzarella as desired and serve warm topped with extra-virgin olive oil, fresh basil, sliced tomatoes, and roasted red peppers.