Sunday, August 14, 2011

Vertical Caprese Salads

A perfect bite. A sweet, tangy, tiny tomato atop a basil leaf and a bit of creamy mozzarella. You could drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar reduction over the finished bites, but I think it's delicious as is. To make the bites stay upright I bought the small mozzarella balls and sliced them in half so the cut flat side can act as a balanced base. Good tomatoes are key here, so this is the time of year to give these a try!

Vertical Caprese Salads

Cherry or grape tomatoes, rinsed and cut in half (multi-colored tomatoes are nice here)
Fresh mozzarella, the small balls work best, cut in half
Basil, leaves separated and torn into ~1 inch pieces if necessary
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

- Stack a piece of tomato, basil, and mozzarella on the first toothpick. Repeat until you've made as many salad bites as you'd like. Arrange the bites on a plate or serving platter and season lighly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

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