Monday, July 20, 2009

Best Recipe: Caprese

Italy is one of my all time favorite countries. I have had the good fortune of traveling throughout this glorious region and sampling its wonderful food. The one thing that makes a great Italian dish (or any dish for that matter) is FRESHNESS of ingredients.

Italian Caprese salad, for all its simplicity, is absolutely delicious and endlessly satisfying.

Buon Appetito!

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2)
  • 8 thick round slices of fresh Mozzarella cheese
  • 8 medium round slices of ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 3-4 large fresh basil leaves
  • 3-4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Arange tomatoes and mozzarella on a plate. Tear basil leaves by hand and sprinkle them over the tomatoes and mozzarella. Drizzle everything with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.