Monday, January 11, 2010

Fresh Caprese Stacker

An easy, simple, and elegant appetizer. I loved how fresh tasting this was- and also figure-friendly. Make sure to buy fresh mozzarella, usually in a log form. I find this in the specialty cheese section of my local grocer. If you don't have sea salt, kosher salt would be a fine substitution. Perfecto!

1 crusty baguette
Balsamic Glaze (recipe below)
Fresh basil leaves (About 20 leaves)
4 roma tomatoes, sliced
6-oz fresh buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced
Olive Oil for drizzling
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1. Set your oven to broil and while it heats up slice your baguette into 1/2" slices. Arrange slices on a cookie sheet and place under broiler until the edges become just the slightest bit brown. Flip toasts to the other side and repeat.
2. Now, pour a dollop (a lot or a little depending on your tastes) Balsamic Glaze on one side of toast and spread around.
3. Next, lay one basil leaf, then a tomato slice, and finally a slice of mozzarella on top of toast.
4. Once all stacks are together, drizzle lightly with olive oil and top with fresh cracked pepper. Enjoy!

Balsamic Drizzle
1 cup balsamic vinegar

Place vinegar in a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook liquids ~10 minutes until they have reduced be half and achieves a syrup-like consistency. You'll know when it's done when the liquid thinly coats the back of a spoon.

Source: Novice Chef


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