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Strawberries and Fresh Mozzarella with Mint Drizzle

INGREDIENTS:3 lbs., 12 oz. California Strawberries, stemmed and sliced
2 oz. sugar
6 pounds fresh mozzarella cheese slices, ½-inch thick
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
as desired, mint sprigs

Mint Drizzle:
3 cups extra virgin olive oil
1 ounce mint leaves DIRECTIONS:To make mint drizzle: In blender combine olive oil and mint. Process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate. Yields about 3 cups. In bowl, combine strawberries and sugar; cover and set aside. Yields about 12 cups.

For each serving, to order: Plate 4 oz. mozzarella, overlapping slices. Spoon ½ cup sugared strawberries around cheese. Drizzle 2 Tbsp. mint drizzle and ½ tsp. balsamic vinegar over cheese and strawberries. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired. SERVINGS:24 servings From:Gale Gand, Brasserie T, Chicago PHOTO CREDIT:Photo Credit: CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION