Baked Caprese "Salad" -- FABULOUS!!!
I was in the mood for Caprese Salad and went to the foodnetwork website just to double check that I had the right ingredients in my head. (I did.) But I found a little twist on the old favorite from Giada DiLaurentis that was just fabulous. Here's my paraphrase:
Bake Caprese Salad
Baguette slices -- brush with extra-virgin olive oil. Bake at 450 for 5 minutes.
Put a slice of tomato (recipe said Roma...I used small-ish vine-ripened "regular" tomatoes) on each baguette slice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put a slice of FRESH whole-milk mozzarella on top of each tomato slice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake again for another 5-ish minutes until cheese is warm and just starting to get a bit melty. Top each with a basil leaf; drizzle with more extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with a little more salt. Eat and swoon.
It was TO DIE FOR!!!! Warming up the flavors just intensified everything. It was one of the best lunches I've had in months. Enjoy!
This sounds just wonderful. As soon as we start getting decent tomatoes here in Chicago, I will try it. I have added fresh mozerella to bread salad w/ great results. Am also thinking a little drizzle of basil oil might bring it right over the top.
Thanks so much for sharing that great sounding recipe. When August comes and my garden tomatoes are in (we're in the Chicago area and have to wait till then for decent tomatoes), I'm going to give this a try. Last year one of our favs was to toast a really good slice of bread, rub a clove of garlic over it, top with a slice of juicy, warm from the garden tomatoe- sprinkle with a good salt and fresh pepper and great evoo. So simple, but Heaven!
That sounds sooo good! I'm waiting for my tomatoes to ripen and then i'll definitely make this! But I have one question, and maybe it's silly? Anyway, does the tomato make the bread soggy? Or are the tomatoes you're using small enough that you can put the cut, juicy side up and avoid getting the bread soggy? thanks!
The tomatoes didn't make the bread soggy at all. Make sure the baguette slices have gotten nicely toasted and it won't be a problem. It took a little less than 5 minutes for the slices to get golden brown and toasty.
I have enough of everything to make more of this tonight...it's pouring down rain here in Tucson...the monsoons have come a bit early and it feels like WINTER! So some ripe summer tomatoes will do the trick to bring me out of the monsoon funk. :)