This weekend my Mom was visiting (Yay! Things always feel so much better she’s around!). On Sunday I woke up and came downstairs to find her looking through a cookbook that Kristin sent me a while ago that’s all about entertaining. We started looking at it together and found this cute way to serve caprese salad, and since tomatoes are in abundance right now, we decided to stop at a farm stand and pick a few up to give it a whirl. We both thought it would be a cute appetizer for a nice summer dinner, and having it stand up gives a simple classic an impressive twist.
Ingredients: Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil, Olive Oil, Balsamic Glaze (Luckily my Mom was on hand for this one. Pour about 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small skillet and cook on medium for a few minutes until it reduces it to a sweet glaze. You can’t go wrong, after all balsamic is great on its own and the glaze makes a huge difference!), Sea Salt and Pepper
Directions: Stand the tomato up on your cutting board and slice about 4 or 5 times depending on how thick you want the tomato slices. Don’t slice all the way but rather leave about an quarter of an inch so that the tomato still stands up. Insert a mozzarella slice and basil leaf into each fold. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic glaze and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
And since I’m still building up my stock of kitchen staples I found a few things that may just have to go on my kitchen wish list! How about one of these adorable ceramic bottles to leave on your counter or table for a little olive oil drizzle? And this long rectangle serving dish would be perfect to line three or four of these bad boys up and then serve from the center of the table. Yum!