If you can buy fresh mozzarella “hot off the press“, before its been refrigerated, it will be easier to cut and fill. There are a lot of different fillings you can use in place of prosciutto – olives, salami, fresh basil leaves, or pesto.
Choose a thin-bladed knife with a blade long enough for you to see what the blade is doing as it cuts through the cheese.
- One piece fresh mozzarella, about 1 pound
- 4 to 5 slices imported Italian prosciutto
Place the mozzarella on the work surface with one of the short ends facing you. Make a cut parallel to the work surface about ½ inch from the top of the cheese but don’t cut all the way through the cheese. Continue cutting, turning the cheese as you go to “unroll” the cheese and form a more or less even ½ -inch sheet. If you have cut through the cheese, it can be patched.
Take a look at the sheet of cheese. You’ll notice that the two ends curl inward. Arrange the cheese on a large piece of plastic wrap with the two ends of the cheese that curl inward facing up-that will make the cheese easier to reform. Cover the top of the cheese with an even layer of prosciutto. Roll the cheese more or less into its original shape. Wrap the cheese snugly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until it is firm, at least 12 hours or up to 1 full day.
Unwrap the cheese and cut into thin slices with a thin-bladed knife.