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Old 09-15-2005, 04:52 PM   #1
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What is bocconcini?

Can anyone tell me what bocconcini is? I have a recipe that lists this as an ingredient and haven' a clue. Also, since I doubt that I'll find it, can you suggest a substitute?

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Old 09-15-2005, 04:59 PM   #2
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Bocconccini are a medium sized ball of water-packed mozzarella. If you need to substitute it use fresh mozzarella, not the shredded kind and not the slices, but the kind wrapped in plastic in one big chunk.

The Bocconccini is roughly golf-ball size - I'll have to go look up the smaller ones - begins with a "c" though.

Edited to add Ciliegini are the cherry size balls.
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:00 PM   #3
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It's a little ball of fresh mozarella cheese. About the size of a walnut (maybe a bit smaller).

Deli section packed in water.
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:07 PM   #4
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The deli I work in usually has tennis ball sized and walnut sized fresh mozzarella in water. Some is prepacked and some can be bought in whatever amount yuou want.
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:36 PM   #5
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they're different than the other mozzarella. they have a different texture, i think because of the moisture content, (they don't have much of a bite to them) and are bright white in color. the taste is milky and less salty.
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Bocconcini really means "bite size" or "morsels". As the others pointed out there ARE mozzarellas called bocconcini because they are made in smaller balls. (the fresh mozzarella come in several different sizes and shapes) So actually any bite sized food can be called "bocconcini", not just mozzarella!!
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As you can see lyndalou we are all on the same page about what it is! lol You might be surprised to find them - look in, obviously, the cheese section and most of the time they can be found in a round plastic container or a rectangular one. The size your recipe calls for usually has 4 balls to a container.
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Thank you all. Another word to add to my vocabulary. They could have said "small balls of mozzarella", don't you think? lol
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Old 09-16-2005, 07:29 AM   #9
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A friend of mine makes little appetisers with half a baby bocconcini a basil leaf and a tom thumb tomato on a toothpick/skewer.
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Old 09-16-2005, 05:52 PM   #10
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Thank you all. Another word to add to my vocabulary. They could have said "small balls of mozzarella", don't you think? lol
Ahh .... but would your guests/family be as impressed by being served small mozzarella balls as being served "bocconcini"?
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