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Fresh Mozzarella with Spicy Tomato Sauce

I served this as an appetizer with a gathering of friends.  It was an amazing night with new and old friends.  Dinner was one of my best friend's house - he has introduced me to his amazing brother and sister, and during this dinner, I got to meet his equally amazing mother.  She was absolutely awesome, doing a lot of the shopping and prepping while I was still at work so that we could still have a great dinner mid-week.

Thanks, Melane - I love you as much as I do your kids!

Fresh Mozzarella with Spicy Tomato Sauce


- Mini-mozzarella balls (20-30 for 10-12 people)
- Bundle of fresh basil
- 12 roma tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 T. crushed red pepper
- salt
- pepper
- olive oil

Core all of the tomatoes and cut an "x" in the base.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Drop in the tomatoes for 45 seconds to a minute.  Immediately transfer to a big bowl of ice water.

While the tomatoes cool, heat 1-2 T. of olive oil in a large pot.  Add the onions, season with salt, and sweat the onions for 5-6 minutes.  While the onions are sweating, peel all of the skins from the tomatoes.  Stir in the garlic for a minute longer, then add the crushed red pepper.

Set a food mill over the pot.  Pass the tomatoes through the food mill.  Let the sauce simmer for 20 minutes.  Cool slightly, then transfer to a blender.

When you are ready to serve, reheat the sauce.  Pour it into a shallow dish.  Skewer the mozzarella with leaves of fresh basil and lay them in the sauce.