Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Caprese Bread





I just picked my first perfectly-ripe garden tomato of the season! It was cut up and eaten before I even got it into the house! With fresh garden veggies, we are so impatiently waiting on them to ripen that we want to taste-test them the second they are harvested. It doesn't get any fresher than that. I am always finding that we don't have any veggies to make a meal with because we just hit them with a water hose and eat the majority of them before they ever even see my kitchen. If you don't have your own garden and don't plan on starting one you can hit your local farmers market and grab local grown tomatoes. Make sure they aren't "resale" tomatoes, get tomatoes only from good local farmers who live in your community and make sure they are grown locally. As a bonus veggies at the farmers market are often much less expensive than at big name grocery stores. You can find your local farmer's markets here or  here. So in the spirit of the home-grown tomato here is a great appetizer (or side dish) for you and the family for a fresh summer meal.

1 French bread loaf (Ciabatta or Italian work well also)
3-4 tomatoes, sliced thin
Mozzerella cheese* 
Basil pesto
Fresh basil
Olive oil
Aged balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper

*If you are buying fresh you will need 3 large "balls" of mozzerella cut about 1/4 inch, if you are using shredded mozzerella, you will need about 3 cups. The fresh mozzerella will not be as cheesy as the shredded but I love the flavor of fresh mozzerella. 

Split the loaf down the middle like a big sub sandwich and then cut each 1/2 into 3 pieces. Spread a generous amount of basil pesto on the bread, top that with the mozzerella, then the tomato slices. Add sprigs of fresh basil. drizzle with olive oil and balsamic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. You are just looking for the cheese to be completely melted. 

2 comments:

  1. Do you take the photos of your food or does someone else.....very nice & professional!!

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    1. I take them myself....with my Iphone, haha! Thank you!

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