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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A little taste of Italy....

Proverbs 31:14 "She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar."

Now that I have your attention - I am going to introduce to you one of my FAVORITE salads. ;-D The Caprese salad. It is simply elegant, fresh, beautiful and best of all, DELICIOUS! The place to have this salad is Rome, Italy - but, since most of us can't just hop on a plane and head to Rome, I'll teach you how to make it.

Tomatoes - Romas work best, cut into 1/2" round slices
FRESH Mozzarella- cut into 1/2"round slices (MUST BE FRESH!-no cheating- buffalo mozzarella is the best, if you are able to use it, do so! It lends a distinctly wonderful flavor to the salad)
FRESH Basil leaves - one for each tomato round
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Good Balsamic Vinegar (don't get the cheapest stuff)

Take your favorite plate, and place the tomato wheels on it, then place the mozzarella rounds on top of the tomatoes, then place the basil leaves on top of that. Drizzle with a little bit of EVOO and balsamic vinegar. (I often don't even drizzle EVOO over mine, the balsamic is all you need) oh and I sometimes crack fresh pepper over mine as well. ;-)

That's it! You have a beautiful Caprese salad, that pairs nicely with your favorite Italian meal. You'll feel like you're in Italy!!.....well, maybe not so much, but you'll sure be eating great food! Fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden make this my favorite Summer time salad!



*note - I happened to use this salad to create a "Caprese Sandwich" and LOVED it! Try it!

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