Updated: Jan 10
I must admit I prefer to eat chicken parm from a restaurant than to make it at home. But I will make it at home from time to time. How about you? Are you in the mood to finally try and make a chicken parm @home?
But, tell me, are you going to follow the same old combination of tomato sauce and your regular mass-produced shredded mozzarella that comes in a bag? If yes, you are missing out on a world of different mozzarella cheeses that go great with tomatoes and will help you enhance the flavor of your (hopefully) crispy or (hopefully not) soggy chicken parm.
Surprised to hear about all these options? So was I when I started searching for different types of mozzarella that go well with tomatoes. I found some cool options so thought I would share them with you.
After all, if you are like me and are interested in experimenting with food and trying out different flavor combinations, you will certainly like this list of mozzarella cheeses. So, let’s get started:
Mozzarella di Bufala: As the name suggests, this mozzarella is made with water buffalo’s milk instead of cow’s milk. Typically tastes gamey and animal-like but goes amazingly with tomatoes. So, this time you might want to pair your tomato sauce with this type to get a delicious chicken parm.
Fior di Latte Mozzarella: This fresh mozzarella is made with cow’s milk and comes either in brine, water, whey, or wrapped in plastic. You can just cut thick slices and place them on your chicken parm for an amazing flavor.
Bocconcini: Although bite-sized this fresh mozzarella is also a great option which goes great with cherry tomatoes. It's usually made in a combination of water buffalo and cow milks. So, if you are giving a twist to your tomato sauce with cherry tomatoes, pair it with bocconcini.
Perlini: If you don’t want to add any extra sogginess to your chicken parm, you can use perlini mozzarella. They are tiny balls of mozzarella that melt faster and don’t release any excess water.
Stracciatella: This is a creamy, buttery, and flowy filling of burrata cheese that is also sold separately. You can just put it on your hot chicken parm, to get a buttery texture and richness quickly.
So, now you know five new types of mozzarella cheese that you can pair with your tomato sauce for making a delicious chicken parm.
If you end up trying any of these cheeses for your chicken parm, don’t forget to shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how it was.
For those of you that don't know, I'm Mister Chicken Parm, an avid lover of chicken parmesan (of course). My love for this dish started in my childhood when I would go with my parents and brother to the nearest pizzeria to eat the most amazing chicken parm. And since then I have tasted numerous chicken parm from different spots in NYC and beyond and have rated them on my on my site.
But I want to take this passion for chicken parm beyond just tasting at restaurants or local pizzerias. Although I will keep doing it, I want to make my fellow chicken parm-ites a part of this journey. So, I have started an @home series that includes me tasting chicken parm made by my fellow chicken parm enthusiasts. If you think you can make a world class parm then please come join me in this series. I will come to your home, of course, wearing a mask! I will taste your chicken parm and give you a verdict whether it is one of the best I have tasted or not! Oh, and that’s not it! Once the pandemic is over, I am planning at organizing the best chicken parm cookoff where you can compete, show your skills to make world-class chicken parm.
But until then, you can visit my website Mister Chicken Parm, get honest reviews about different spots in NYC and Beyond that make amazing chicken parm. Maybe you will get to learn a thing or two and tweak your recipe for this dish to make it the best for when I come to your home to taste it.
So, what do you say? Let's expand our love for chicken parm together. Hit me up at email@example.com and tell me about your favorite chicken parm :)