Daily Archives: May 23, 2018

Cavatappi with Eggplant and Smoked Mozzarella

A few years (decades) ago I was a receptionist at a small accounting firm that was right down the road from a tiny hole in the wall italian restaurant. I would go there from time to time for a salad or a sandwich, but one day my world changed, I was craving some pasta so I ordered up this dish that had smoked mozzarella on it. Now, I had never had anything with smoked mozzarella and honestly had no clue what I was in for. I was blown away by the flavor of this cheese. It was that stringy creaminess that we all love about mozzarella but the wonderful light smokey flavor was amazing especially with the slightly tart, bright tomato sauce. My new mission in life was recreating this dish at home. I quickly ran into a road block, I couldn’t find smoked mozzarella anywhere. Finally I found a small italian deli that carried this wonderful cheese and I was set, until they closed! I went a few years with any smoky creamy goodness, until a few years ago when supermarkets started carrying a huge variety of cheeses. I love going in now and seeing all of the different unique cheeses one can get at any regular market!! All that being said, my supermarket doesnt always carry this wonderful treat, but when they do I know what I am making for lunch! Continue reading