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Mozzarella cheese is rich in Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin. This b vitamin is part of the vitamin B complex family. You may recognize B-vitmains in their role for producing energy and helping break down your macronutrients, but it also crucial in fighting brain health conditions like headaches and migraine attacks.

Buffalo Mozzarella with Balsamic Glazed Plums Pine Nuts and Mint

Buffalo Mozzarella with Balsamic Glazed Plums Pine Nuts and Mint Prep time: 30 mins Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 - large ball buffalo mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 4 - ripe plums, pitted and quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups - balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup - fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup - pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 - splash olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. 1 Put vinegar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Adjust heat to low and simmer until it is reduced nearly three-quarters in volume and thickened to a syrup. About 15 minutes.
  2. 2 Add plums to syrup turning gently to coat and continue to cook for another 4-7 minutes more. Turn off heat and let cool.
  3. 3 Meanwhile assemble mozzarella slices on platter, allowing to overlap slightly and season with salt and pepper to taste. WIth a fork, remove plums from syrup and place atop cheese, then top with the remaining syrup, pine nuts and mint. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Notes

Tips:
Balsamic vinegar is good friends with buffalo mozzarella. The tanginess of the vinegar is a nice complement to the subtlety of the cheese. Because this recipe is a little bit sweet and a little bit savory it can be served as a appetizer or dessert. Make sure the plums are ripe but firm enough to hold their shape when heated.
Substitutions:
You can substitute peaches or fresh figs if you don't like the tartness of plums. But I find that it lends a crisp balance to the dish. I have also been known to pile it on top of crostini and serve as a bruschetta.
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