Caprese! Hooray!

Another recipe that looks fancy and is SO simple.  My favorite!  And this is great sitting on the deck with a glass of wine food, can’t wait to share with friends this weekend!

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You need

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3 ripe red tomatoes  (I like Bushel Boy – Minnesota love!)

1 log of mozzarella (or two balls)

Package of fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

Heat your balsamic – not balsalmic, I learn something new every day – vinegar on med high heat.  Slice up your tomatoes, slice ’em up real nice, julienne will not work here (that’s a Friends joke).  Slice up your mozzarella – or buy Culinary Circle brand, and it’s already sliced (what whaaaaaaat, that was a nice surprise!).

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Arrange on your pretty plate, mozzarella, basil leaf, tomato.  Mozzarella, basil leaf, tomato. Is your vinegar boiling?  Turn it down to a simmer till it’s reduced to about half.  Warning: I did an awful job with my reduction, my mom will probably comment and tell us all the right way to do it.  Anywoo…

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Drizzle with your reduction when it gets nice and syrupy.  I was afraid of burning mine, so I turned it down, and then I got impatient, which is why it’s so runny – it should fall on your salad in nice lines, rather than running into the tomatoes.  It still tasted yummy, but I think it would have been sweeter had I done it right.

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Drizzle with olive oil if you wish.  In my opinion this was extra calories for not that much extra taste, but some people love it – although, I guess when your recipe is over 1/3 mozzarella, you’ve maybe already lost the calorie battle.  Give your arrangement a sprinkle or two of salt and pepper.  Tada!!  Delicious, beautiful, and SO easy!!

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One response to “Caprese! Hooray!

  1. Maryellyn

    Sometimes I get impatient when I reduce vinegar, too!

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