Instead of making mozzarella sticks with marinara dipping sauce, stir the cheese into the sauce for a hot and a hearty appetizer.
For an adventurous change of flavor, try using goat cheese instead of the fresh mozzarella.
Garnish the warm appetizer with fresh basil leaves.
Fresh mozzarella is not the same as the regular mozzarella that we usually purchase. It has a mild flavor and much softer texture than its more common relative. You'll usually find the fresh variety in the deli or specialty cheese area of the store.