A few weeks ago when I decided to resurrect the blog, I thought of all the things I love about food, and one of the first things that came to mind was the discovery process - I love discovering new foods. I decided it was time to share what is probably the best food discovery in Denver - Marczyk's Mozzarella. Several years ago I stumbled upon Marczyk Fine Foods located at 17th and Clarkson in Downtown Denver. Marczyk (pronounced Mar-zik) is a locally owned fine foods grocery store featuring local produce, meats and cheeses as well as fine imported foods. They also have a large wine selection (if you're into that). My favorite thing about Marczyk is the Cheese. Their motto is "From around the World and Around the Corner ". What a great concept! Literally, the best of both worlds.
Upon my first experience in the fine foods wonderland I discovered fresh Mozzarella, made on site. I of course had to try it. To my astonishment and delight it was the best Mozzarella I've had outside of Italy. Since then, I have become a regular drive-by Mozzarella poacher, running in grabbing my Mozzarella and running out before I am sucked into the delicious vortex of Marczyk's other items. Don't get me wrong, I still often peruse the isles filling my basket with scrumptious delicacies, but usually I'm on a strict Mozzarella mission.
A few of the delectable temptations
A few weeks ago, I did a quick Mozzarella mission, when I got home with my bounty, I couldn't get over just how good the Mozz was (as always). I decided it was time to take action, so I sent an raving praise email to Marczyk, expressing my love of their Mozzarella, then I got brave and told them about my little blog (I was even honest & told them I don't think anyone actually reads it) and asked if I could watch them make the Mozz. To my delight they said yes. So I met Christopher, the head Maitre Fromager bright and early to watch the magic of the Mozzarella.
I won't bore you with what I think is a fascinating process, so I'll give you the picture version. It all starts with fresh curds straight from Wisconsin, then the Curd is Heated.
Then it rests in warm water
Then Christopher works his magic, folding and resting the hot cheese.
Once the Mozz gets the perfect "you know it when you feel it" texture and shine, Christopher starts forming the Mozzarella Balls.
Once the Perfect Balls are formed they take a soak in a warm brine before being wrapped for your enjoyment.
Here are a few of my Mozzarella Meals
Day 1 Caprese Salad
Day 2 Mozzarella, Basil, prosciutto and tomato pizza
No matter how you slice it Fresh Mozzarella is the King of Cheese.
I'd like to send a special thanks to Marczyk for their great hospitality and great food. Thanks for the Good Eats! Love you guys!