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Pizza cheese - what is your favorite?

I've tried mozzarella alone, mixed with provolone, mixed with white cheddar, mixed with scarmoza. six cheese blend. Pre shredded, freshly shredded. I've nailed it for Chicago Deep Dish or Double Crust with sliced Mozza and provolone. Still haven't found the perfect cheese for a NY style pie. What is your favorite?
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,015
    Whole milk mozzarella with provolone. Always fresh shredded.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,357
    edited August 2013
    There's a huge range of "mozzarella".  The style that comes packed in water is my go-to (just avoid the small balls of mozz packed in a tub of water; they taste okay, but when put on a pizza half of them roll off when you "snap" the pie onto the stone, fall into the lump, and smell really bad as they burn.)
    There's a couple pizzarias in utard that have that Italian "authenticity" certification (can't remember it's italian wording) and they serve margherita pies with buffalo mozzerella, which is fantastic!  I can't find it by itself however, and the restaurants won't give me any hints.  Bastiges!  
    Find it interesting that all Chicago-style pies use the dehydrated, "Americanized" mozzerella, none of them use the fresh stuff.  
    Variety, its a great thing!  
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674
    Fresh shredded mozzarella and whole milk cheese. Do NOT use 2% or low fat. 

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  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 1,182
    My favorite is buffalo mozz in water in the middle and fresh shaved asiago sprinkled on the crust. I've used pecorino Romano a few times when I didn't have asiago and it's nice as well.
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  • If I'm doing a mushroom blend pizza, I LOVE Fontina and Gruyere...  (in addition to Mozzarella).  Otherwise I'm quite happy with Mozzarella with a bit of Romano sprinkled on top as well.  You have to get a good Mozzarella though.
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  • I have to agree, Provolone is my favorite as well. 
  • Judy MayberryJudy Mayberry Posts: 1,991
    Italian Fontina is my favorite.
    Judy in San Diego
  • Fontina



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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    I use whole milk Mozzarella and Asiago.
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,479
    I like spiced goat cheese with the fresh whole milk mozzarella. ;;)
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  • Gruyère, Manchego, and Fontina are the three I usually reach for.  
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,020
    mozz from the deli, not preshredded, not in a ball, just deli mozz. mixed with fontina and asiago, it needs asiago. i like the manchago too but use it mainly with nachos
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,946
    I first had fresh mozz a few years ago, and i try to use that whenever I can. I put a little parm or romano on. Fontina is good along with those, fontinella (if you can find it) even better. Often add a little bit of something else, say gorganzola dolce, smoked gouda, or a few dabs of soft chevre.
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