This time of year, I really start to crave fresh produce and robust flavors...like garlic, basil and aged balsamic...yum! I honestly think tomatoes, garlic and basil could go with anything...oh yes, and cheese too! One of my favorites is Caprese...it involves simple ingredients, but it's the details, like heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella that really kick this up a notch.
Caprese Salad-Schue Style
- Heirloom Tomatoes-Try the yellow, green and multi-colored ones for a great presentation.
- Buffalo Mozzarella-Yes, milk of the buffalo...it's the BEST flavor, but hard to find.
- Fresh Basil, about a handful.
- Aged Balsamic
- Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper
- Sliced baguette
- Garlic, 1-2 cloves
I don't have specific amounts here...but you can eye it depending on how many people you're serving and the flavors you want. I like to toast my sliced bread in the oven broiler first....then as the bread is cooling, rub the garlic cloves on each slice. Arrange the bread on a platter. Slice tomatoes and Mozzarella and arrange over bread...cheese first. Drizzle some EVOO over the cheese and add some cracked pepper evenly. Add basil...I like my leaves whole. Drizzle balsamic oil and a little more salt and pepper on top.
Can we say "yum!!?" This is a favorite of ours in the summer...great for outdoor entertaining. Yours guests will love the flavors...it's a definitely a crowd pleaser!
Hope you enjoy....bon appetit!
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