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Scamorza

Scamorza is an Italian, spun paste cow’s milk cheese belonging to the pasta filata family. Shaped similar to a provolone in pear shape, it is available in many other forms as well. A semi-soft white cheese with a texture comparable to that of a firm, dry Mozzarella, Scamorza is made throughout Apulia and in some parts of Campania and Molise.

The cheese is made from pasteurized cow’s milk or from a mixture of cow and sheep milk. At the end of the cheese making process, which is akin to Mozzarella, the cheeses are hanged together in strings to ripen for about two weeks. The process of ripening the cheese has given Scamorza its name, which in southern Italy means ‘beheaded’.

After two weeks of ripening, the cheese is sold as it is or smoked. The smoked variant, called ‘Scamorzi Affumicate’ is made by smoking the cheese over flaming straw for around 10 to 15 minutes. A fresh version of Scamorza is also sold within a few days of production.

The texture of Scamorza is elastic, stringy and has less moisture than Mozzarella. In addition, the flavor is more piquant, milky and creamy. Smoked Scamorza has a subtle, smoky flavor with a sweet, light caramel note.

Scamorza is used as a substitute for Mozzarella as it imparts more interest in the recipe. Since Scamorza has excellent melting qualities, it is best known to flavor baking dishes, for griddling or topped with prosciutto for extra zest. The smoky flavor of Scamorza pairs well with oak-aged Chardonnay, Pinot Girgio or Orvieto.

  • Made from cow's and sheep's milk
  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Region: Apulia, Campania and Molise
  • Alternative spellings: Scamorza Affumicata
  • Type: semi-soft
  • Texture: chewy, firm and stringy
  • Rind: natural
  • Color: white

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Sep 11
My own creation; 5 cereali with veggie and smoked scamorza cheese for lunch... healthy and simply delicious! :) pic.twitter.com/juBKatJKC1
Sep 01
Tonight's dinner at casa La Stalla: #polenta with #Scamorza cheese and sage butter, with #Coppa Nostrana. TRY IT pic.twitter.com/uEkyLLQzab
Aug 23
Parma #ham for our panini, and Scamorza #cheese for our #cheeseburger If you are a burger lover, you should try it! pic.twitter.com/igwPOEIwV5
Aug 11
My own creation pizza @TheBiBo white pizza with scamorza cheese, porcini mushrooms, and radicchio - amazing! pic.twitter.com/5xnRy5zVAJ
Jul 12
My friends are staying in Italy and bought a rude cheese named Scamorza Affumicata @Jemmychew @DLurcher @DooferDog pic.twitter.com/vbQFzFczOC
Jul 03
Scamorza is an Italian cow's milk cheese, similar to mozzarella. pinterest.com/pin/5460621420… pic.twitter.com/x4fx2LOApL
Jul 02
#lunchtime! What about a delicious creamy #polenta with egg, scamorza cheese, asparagus and truffle oil? #soho #food pic.twitter.com/wu1MCoitkF
Jun 14
Awesome pie by @krustpizzabar Braised greens, housemade sausage, scamorza cheese, roast'd onion& lemon vinaigrette. pic.twitter.com/8qiJLda1nB
Jun 09
Pizza with scamorza cheese, pork belly and tabasco sauce.. pic.twitter.com/M8KMJswYQQ
May 28
Italian - Mozzarella, Scamorza Smoked Cheese, Artichokes and Mushroom. pic.twitter.com/DRoIU4ST6u
May 17
Guys, look: Black Angus Hamburger with bacon and local scamorza cheese. #Pierregasm pic.twitter.com/K9AB3pW10P
May 07
Drooling! @DiVinoOttawa serves up scamorza cheese fused with reconstituted fig Delish combo of salty/sweet @BonAppOtt pic.twitter.com/ZDhObfLXRx
May 07
Just a 30cm sandwich with grilled pork meat, bacon, tomatoes, scamorza cheese and salad. [3264x2448] pic.twitter.com/TPuoiBU4Sj
 
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