Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tomato Caprese

A classic Italian appetizer and one of my favorite snacks to eat. The cool, fresh tomatoes combined with the salty mozzarella cheese, sweet fresh basil and balsamic vinegar create a delicious, satisfying bite!

Tomatoes (whatever kind you like- the larger the tomato, the larger the slice will be for the appetizer)
Buffalo Mozzarella cheese (in the specialty cheese section of supermarkets- comes in a container with water)
fresh basil leaves
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Chop your tomatoes into thick slices. Arrange on a plate. Chop the mozzarella cheese into squares or rectangles, and place on top of the tomatoes. Chop your fresh basil leaves into small pieces. Sprinkle over the tomatoes and cheese. Drizzle some olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top and a few dashes of salt and pepper, if desired. (The cheese has salt so I wouldn't add much more salt.) 

And there you have it-- a healthy, put-a-smile-on-your-face (well mine anyway) kind of dessert that only takes minutes to prepare! Buon Appetito!

**OPTION-- If you love grape or cherry tomatoes like I do, you can do a different version of this on skewers with the smaller tomatoes and small mozzarella cheese balls.

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