Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Insalata Caprese (Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad)

Category: Appetizer
Style: Italian
Difficulty: Easy
Portion: Serves 4-6

4 very ripe medium beefsteak tomatoes
16 oz fresh mozzarella or bocconcini
2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Cut tomatoes and mozzarella into 1/4 inch thick slices
Layer tomatoes and mozzarella alternately on a platter.. Sprinkle basil, salt and pepper on top. Drizzle the oil over the platter and allow the flavour to meld for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Fresh mozzarella is sold soaked in water/brine. It is available in large supermarket at the fresh cheese or deli department.

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