Doctoring up part-skim low-moisture mozzarella for pizza

by pocketlizard   Last Updated April 16, 2017 21:17 PM

I recently started using low-moisture full fat mozzarella on my homemade pizzas, and it is simply fantastic. Went to the store today to pick some up, but all they had was either low-moisture part-skim or regular full fat.

I figured low moisture was more important than than the delicious delicious flavor of fatty cheese, but now that I'm about to make it I'm thinking it'll probably be sub-par.

Is there anything I could do to make part-skim mozzarella have a fuller flavor? Or is there anything I can add to the pizza? I was thinking of having an oily pesto base in the hopes of upping the fatty flavor and mouth feel. But, if I'm just adding oil for the sake of adding fat, should I skip the base and just drizzle olive oil on top of the cheese?

I'm going crazy thinking about this here. Please help, and thanks in advance! (PS sorry if I sound like a foodie snob in this question. I get really serious about homemade pizza...)

Answers 2

Add different types of cheeses to boost the flavor so you won't miss the fat. Add asiago, pecorino romano, and parmesan.

April 17, 2017 04:59 AM

In this question, someone suggested using cream cheese to better replicate the effect of fresh mozzarella, milky and fatty. You likely won't want it by itself, but a little mixed in with your mozzarella or a few dabs scattered on top might give a nice richness. Or similarly adding fresh cheeses, like ricotta or cottage cheese, will also give a milky taste and add fats for a rich mouthfeel, and might complement your mozzarella nicely. Even a good feta has something to add in creaminess, the texture and taste - though I prefer the sheep's or goat's milk fetas, rather than the common low-fat variety.

On the other hand, these will also add moisture - so if you were going out of your way to find low-moisture mozzarella for a reason, then these additions might not be to your taste.

Another option might be to go back and get the full moisture mozzarella, and mix it with the low-moisture to see if you can get decent results that way. Overall, the results should be in between (depending on the precise mix) but it might give reasonable results.

Or you could do something with white sauce, possibly with other flavorings, garlic, herbs - maybe as your sauce base for the pizza, or else just pour a small amount in with your shredded cheese and toss well, and use the damp tangles on top of whatever other sauce yo would normally use. This can be a way to add all sorts of other flavorings, if you want, by incorporating them into the white sauce.

Or you could look into rich toppings for your pizza, to make up some of the flavor. I thought of oil-marinated olives, or vegetables roasted or sauteed in oil, or else something with its own fats like bacon, to get added flavor in with your fat. Adding pesto would fit in with these options, as well.

Basically, I would suggest make it less about adding fat for the sake of "making up for" the mozzarella, and more about adding richness and flavors to make something really tasty. You might find some recipes where this low-fat mozzarella works wonderfully, and yet the full-fat mozzarella might make the result too rich.

April 17, 2017 07:23 AM

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