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!


Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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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