Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Simply Caprese

Hello all! I hope you all find yourselves enjoying delicious food and memories this week! If not, you should get on that.  As much as I love to cook, there are times when I just need to make something simple yet delicious. Allow me to pique your interest with the fruit of the season (tomatoes).  In case you're raising an eyebrow, please know that anything with seeds is technically a fruit. But then what about a cucumber or zucchini? Quite honestly, after researching the topic long enough, I decided both are delicious and equally important to your diet..."to-may-to, to-ma-tow"

This lovely and delicate dish is very easy to make with only a few ingredients.  I will warn you however, this goes better aside an entree rather than being the main attraction. Let's just say, it's not the most filling dish on this website. Unless you're on a strict diet (as if I know what that is) you should probably pair it with a pasta or chicken dish.

 I truly believe that there are two things that make spending time with friends even more enjoyable--wine, and food.  I had the wonderful opportunity of spending some much needed time with my friend, Debbie last Friday.  We drank, and cooked, and ate, and talked about cooking and ate some more. It was outstanding! I made a pasta dish (featured in next post) and decided I needed to add some color to the meal.  Debbie has a garden and she was kind enough to bring three different herbs over; spearmint, peppermint, and basil.  I am jealous that she always has these at her fingertips. No pun intended.

Prep time: 5 minutes         Serves: 2


Ingredients
2 vine ripened tomatoes
6 3/8in thick slices fresh mozzarella cheese
8 leaves basil
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
salt
pepper

Steps
1. slice the tomatoes into even slices and place each one on its own plate
2. slice mozzarella into 6 even slices and place three evenly atop the tomatoes
3. place washed basil leaves atop the mozzarella
4. drizzle extra virgin olive oil
5. sprinkle salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy!


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