If fresh mozzarella is not available substitute another fresh soft cheese, such as queso fresco or feta. For added flavor use an olive oil infused with herbs or roasted garlic instead of plain olive oil. ¼ cup fresh basil leaves ¼ cup olive oil 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped ground pepper 16 ounce fresh mozzarella cheese Tomato slices or halved cherry tomatoes Baguette slices or crackers Set aside several whole basil leaves for garnish. Using a sharp knife, chop remaining basil leaves. Combine chopped basil, oil, and pepper in a medium bowl. Cut mozzarella into 1 inch cubes: toss cheese cubes gently with herb and oil mixture till cheese is well-coated. Cover and let chill for 1 hour-5 days. Transfer cheese mixture to a serving dish; garnish with whole basil leaves and, if desired tomato slices. Serve with baguette slices or crackers.
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