Team Giada's Contestant Yvan Lemoine's "Mozzarella Anti-Pasti" dish for the Star Challenge "Culinary Neighborhood of NYC- Arthur Avenue" as seen on Food Network's Star, Season 8.
Recipe courtesy of Yvan Lemoine

Fresh Mozzarella Antipasti

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings





  1. For the stock: Combine 6 cups water, the wine, carrots, celery, garlic, onion, bay leaf and bouquet garni in a large pot and bring to boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  2. For the vegetables: Trim and peel the artichokes to the heart and remove the choke. Drop the artichoke hearts in a bowl of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to prevent oxidation.
  3. Cook the artichoke hearts in the vegetable stock until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Cut the artichokes into bite-size pieces and toss in a bowl with some salt, pepper, a few drizzles of olive oil, the parsley, red pepper flakes, a little lemon juice, a few pinches sugar and a splash of red wine vinegar.
  5. Cut the tomatoes and marinate with some salt and pepper, a few drizzles of olive oil and a little red wine vinegar.
  6. Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to a syrup. Chill the reduced balsamic vinegar until ready to serve.
  7. Alternate the tomatoes, artichokes, basil leaves and mozzarella on each skewer.
  8. Drizzle a little balsamic reduction over each skewer and season with salt and pepper.
  9. This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use, therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.