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October 31, 2006
Updated March 2009

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Texas Sampler
Mozzarella Company makes 35 artisan cheeses. The selection above, Smoked Scamorza, Basil Caciotta and Ancho Chile Caciotta, can be purchased as the Texas Sampler.
WHAT IT IS: Artisan Italian-style, Mexican and other cheeses, made in Dallas, Texas.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Classic styles with a fresh point-of-view and some innovative spins.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Palate-dazzling flavors that remain in memory years after the cheese has been tasted. It’s the reason these cheeses have been winning awards for 20 years.
WHERE TO BUY IT: MozzCo.com.


Mozzarella Company:
Much More Than Mozzarella

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Hoji Santa
Snowy white goat rounds nestled in fresh hoja santa leaves seem right for any season: verdant in the summer, they turn into Christmas bundles for the holidays.

Hoja Santa Goat Cheese Bundles: Gourmet Goat

Most specialty food stores have a supply of fresh goat cheese. We are surrounded by great goat cheeses. Even so, we flipped for these fresh goat rounds wrapped in hoja santa leaves. Hoja santa is an aromatic herb commonly used for seasoning Mexican dishes. Its large leaf is also used to wrap fish, poultry and tamales. (The herb is also known as sacred pepper or Mexican pepperleaf because the leaf has a peppery aroma.)

The leaves flavor the cheese with a hint of mint and sassafras. The net effect is fresh tarragon. Each bite is a gentle taste of heaven. Beautifully tied with raffia, the rounds are impressive on a cheese plate and make a very nice gift for a goat cheese-lover.

  • $18.25/pound*

Blanca Bianca: A Brand New Cheese

The newest member of the family, Blanca Bianca was conceived three years ago when the Dallas Slow Food Convivium announced that it would be holding a raw-milk cheese tasting. Mozzarella Company did not make a raw milk cheese at the time, but Paula decided to create one, designing a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese with a rind washed in white wine. A mellow, creamy cheese for wine (natch!), Paula says that it also pairs with cured meats such as salami and ham, and goes well with olives, roasted nuts, dried fruits and chutneys. Although that’s a pretty expansive list, we’d take it a step further:

This is a universally delicious and appealing cheese. It has enough complexity of aroma and flavor to engage a demanding cheese connoisseur, but not too much to intimidate a beginner. We love it.

  • $16.25/pound*
Blanca Bianca
Blanca Bianca, a raw-milk cheese, is rubbed daily with white wine as it ages.

*Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. Shipping is additional. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them. Purchase information is provided as a reader convenience.

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