Who likes Basil? Count me in. This herb is my hands down favorite.
Basil, coupled with mozzarella and tomato slices, is an Italian summer salad that I adore. I coat the tomatoes in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and freshly grated garlic. Heavenly stuff.
This is an easy recipe. I don’t list amounts to the ingredients below. Basically, I buy the mozzarella first and then buy the tomatoes based on how much cheese I have on hand.
The oil mixture amount I make is based on how many tomatoes used.
I make just enough oil mixture to coat the tomatoes.
I don’t use any acidity in this salad. But, feel free to add balsamic vinegar etc.
Carmen’s Caprese Salad
Garlic- grated or finely chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
CUT mozzarella cheese in slices.
CUT tomatoes in slices.
TEAR leaves of basil from the plant.
OIL MIXTURE – COMBINE IN A SMALL BOWL: Salt, pepper, freshly grated garlic and extra virgin oil. Mix.
ADD sliced tomatoes to oil mixture to coat.
On a platter, in an alternating pattern, place a mozzarella slice, then tomato slice, and basil leaf. Continue until all product is used.
SPRINKLE with a dash of salt and pepper.
SERVE with delicious, crusty artisan bread.
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Speaking of Italian food, I was on a search for a great Pizza place. The pizza place I love is not close by since I’ve moved.
Found a pizza place in Millburn, New Jersey called FIAMMA PIZZA.
The pizza is made in an ACUNTO WOOD FIRED BRICK OVEN, hand made in Italy. The 100% wood burning oven cooks the pizza to perfection at a 900-degree temperature.
Bought a pizza pie to taste test. I loved it!!! Will definitely go back. I hope to take photos of the location and post photos on YELP.
32 Main Street
sometimes SAVORY…cooking is art revealed
NOTE: Dessert recipes can be found on my dessert blog, Baking is my Zen.
Photography by Carmen Ortiz ~All Rights Reserved.
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