Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Caprese Salad

This is one of my favorite appetizers to eat and to make. It is always a hit with my girlfriends and as impressive as it looks, it is so easy.  My first time to eat this was at a restaurant down the road from my house in Iowa.  I was immediately hooked, and when I went back within just a few days to have this yummy deliciousness again - they had removed all fresh mozzarella from  their menu.  I was so desperate - it sent me on a mission to recreate the dish at home.

Here is how you make this -
Slice fresh mozzarella into thin slices.  (Its easy to find at Costco.) 
Slice Roma tomatoes into thin slices.
Using fresh Basil, break off several of the leaves and roll them up, then do a thin slice of these and set aside.
Taking a french baguette, cut it on the diagonal and brush with melted butter.  Sprinkle with Garlic Salt. DONT WALK AWAY - it toast very quickly.  Now repeat on the opposite side of the bread.

Dressing: Using a Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix and Cruet is your bouncing off spot!  Taking the Cruet that often comes with these dressing packets, fill to the V line - with Balsamic Vinegar.  Fill to the W line with Water. Fill to the O line with Olive oil, then fill on up to about 1/2 inch from the top with HONEY!

Assemble the toast onto a large tray - stack with a slice of cheese, & then tomato. Sprinkle your Chopped basil all over the top. Drizzle the dressing on and you have one Happy, no longer Hungry Momma!

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