The fresh mozzarella on this pizza melts beautifully, covering the entire top as it bakes.
Substitute 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz) for the fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over dough. Add remaining ingredients as directed—except sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese before drizzling with oil.
Fresh mozzarella is very different from the familiar blocks of mozzarella or shredded mozzarella. The fresh version is usually made with whole milk, is white colored and has a delicate, sweet, milky flavor and much softer texture. Some cheese shops, delis and large supermarkets may carry an Italian import called “buffalo mozzarella,” which is made with water buffalo milk or a combination of cow’s and water buffalo milk. Fresh mozzarella is packed in water or whey and is often formed into balls or slices.
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