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Tomato and Mozzarella Appetizer for Serious Academy Award Watching..

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Besides the beautiful scenery, my favorite part of the  Oscar winning film of the past, Mediterraneo, (a charming film about a group of  Italian soldiers stranded on a beautiful Greek isle during World War II) is this quote

“Life isn’t enough. One life isn’t enough for me. There aren’t enough days. Too many things to do, too many ideas. Every sunset upsets me because another day has gone by”.

Nicola LoRusso  ( Diego Abatantuono-one of my favorite Italian actors)


If you have not enjoyed this film directed by one of my favorite Directors- Gabriele Salvatores- here is a quick snippet:;_ylt=AsddaQ2KcEmMKvzDsoA_5MibvZx4?p=Mediterraneo&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-901

Sp what and who are your favorites for this year’s Oscar? How about  (more inportantly) what will you be eating while watching? Love to hear from you!


Tomato & Mozzarella Appetizer

(excerpted from the Gourmand World Award Winning Book- The Basic Art of Italian Cooking-Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition)

*1/2 lb mozzarella di buffalo

*1/4 cup finely chopped almonds

*1 tablespoon chopped pinoli nuts

*1 egg

* 1 tomato

*1 garlic clove

* fresh rosemary sprigs

*1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar glaze

*olive oil (for frying)

Slice mozzarella into slices (approximately 1/2 “ thick). Beat whole egg in bowl. Place chopped pinoli and almonds on a flat plate. Heat some oil in saute pan.

Dip mozzarella slices first into beaten egg, then coat with chopped nuts. Place garlic clove, sprig of rosemary into oil, and saute for a minute to flavor the oil, then fry dipped mozzarella slices on both sides  till golden brown.

Slice tomato and place in serving dish, top each slice of tomato with a slice of fried mozzarella, drizzle balsamic glaze on top, serve as appetizer.


For more recipes get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition

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