Thursday, December 16, 2010

Caprese = delicious!

I posted a recipe a few days ago from the "Cook This, Not That" book and a lot of you liked it.  Simple, healthy, delicious... what could be better??

Good news, I have another (memorized) recipe that I have made, oh, going on about 20-something times. It's that good.  It's called the Caprese.  You'll feel like you should be in Italy when you eat it ;)

What you'll need:
A clove of Garlic
A baguette
2 fresh plumpy heirloom tomatoes (they are out of season, so tomatoes on the vine work fine, too)  Get them in different colors if you want to really impress the person you're making it for.
About 5oz of fresh Mozzarella cheese (about the size of an apple)
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Basil  (I use the little leaves from our spice rack)

How to make:
Set your oven to broil (my new favorite oven tool, I didn't even know it existed until this recipe)
Cut the Baguette in half length wise and open on foil on a cookie sheet.
Put in the oven for about 2 minutes. (watch it, I burned the baguette the first time)

Cut the garlic in half and then smash it using the side of your knife (can you believe I got this technical)
The juices will come out and just rub the juices on the hot toasted bread.  Viola! Garlic bread (sort of)

Slice the tomato and the mozzarella and alternate laying them on the baguette.

Sprinkle a tablespoon of olive oil over the cheese & tomato - then sprinkle some of the balsamic over the unused side of the bread.

Add some fresh basil, salt & pepper on top of the cheese & tomato.

And this is what you get:
This is only a half of a baguette, but you get the idea.  
The dark section is the balsamic :)

Close it up and devour.  MMM!

Happy Thursday...
9 days until Christmas!!


JMB said...

OMG how do you remember these recipes!? This looks sooo good!! And I have not had any lunch!!!

Anonymous said...

Love caprese sandwiches. Simple ingredients coming together in such a delicious way.
- Vanessa Elizabeth

Token Yankee said...

Wow, that looks gorgeous!

Claire Kiefer said...

Add some summer avocado and that is pretty much my perfect food. :)

ali v. said...

thank you for sharing...actually, my husband thanks you ;) looks great! xoxo {av}

Kara said...

That looks SOOOO good! I am going to have to try that! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica said...

Oh yum! Those yellow tomatoes look so good too.

... said...

This looks delicious. Take out the bread and stick a half piece of basil on top of each piece of mozzarella and you have another easy and delicious salad version of the recipe. Yum!

Allison said...

First of all, I'm so impressed that you memorized this recipe! Second - it looks DELICIOUS! I'm not a huge tomato fan, but for some reason I like them with the combination of Mozzerella cheese and Balsamic! (Weird, right?).
Seriously, it looks AMAZING! Thanks for sharing - I'm looking forward to making it for my family!
Hope things are going well with you as you get ready for the holidays! xox

Jax said...

Mmmmmmmm!!!! I will definitely do this!!! Yummmmy! I love caprese.. LOVE!

Sierra said...

Looks delicious, nice work girl! ;)

Leslee said...

WOW! Another yummy recipe!! You are turning in to quite the Jr. Julia Childs!!! Great job and thanks for sharing...

allison said...

Lovely! It's art! I'm so full right now from cheese and crackers that I can't even think of food. You're doing so well with your healthy alternatives.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I love caprese salad - I am a sucker for motzerella cheese! So yummy and fresh!

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

Beautifully displayed ... yummy too!

Nicole Marie said...

ohhh yum!!

hopeless domestic said...

this looks to die for...going to try it for sure!