This soft, fresh cheese simmering with plump red tomatoes and seasoned with garlic, chili, and cilantro is presented in the shape of a savory flower blossom. A single flower will only make you crave a bouquet. Serve with warm pita.
Heat oil in a heavy eight-inch (20 cm) skillet over medium heat
Arrange the tomato slices in a skillet in the shape of a circle. Top tomato slices with the cheese slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Arrange the garlic and chili slices atop the cheese. Bunch the cilantro sprigs in the center of the skillet.
Continue cooking until cheese is soft but not totally melted.
Photograph by Steven Rothfeld from Israel Eats, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.