salads, sides, starters, vegetables

caprese

recipe for capreseThis is seriously the PERFECT thing to bring when you get invited to some sweet friend's house and you tell them you'll bring something but have no idea (or time or energy) what so ever that you are going to throw together.  This is certainly not a new concept but a good reminder that, especially in the summer, it's best to keep it simple.

If you want to make things just a little more festive, garnish the plate randomly with some edible flowers.  You'l be famous.

caprese

1 lb bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls), drained

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes

basil, minced plus some whole leaf for garnish

2 cloves garlic, minced

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

chili flakes (optional)

edible flowers (optional)

toothpicks

In a small bowl, toss the bocconcini with some basil, the garlic, a splash or two of olive oil and season with salt, pepper and chili flakes if using.  Taste one or three to be sure you've seasoned things properly.

cherry tomato caprese

In another bowl, add a couple of tablespoons of balsamic and mix in the tomatoes.  Season with some salt and pepper, taking care not to over do things.

easy caprese with vinagrette

Lay a few whole basil leaves out on the serving plate you intent to use.  Skewer one cheese ball and one tomato each onto a toothpick.  Repeat until your are done.  Lay them randomly and artfully on the plate, garnish with some edible flowers and serve cold.