Insalata Caprese
A Classic Italian salad of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil and olive oil

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A delicious combination of flavors. I like to present this to my dinner guests by stacking the ingredients in a ring mold for a gourmet presentation.... easy to make! When I served this to one of my dinner guests he said he did not like tomatoes but really liked this recipe! See more of my Gourmet Ideas

Insalata Caprese Salad  
recipe and photograph by
Peggy Bucholz 
 www.finedinings.com

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Prep Time: 15 min      Total Time: 15 min      Serves: 2

Ingredients:

4 to 6 ounces fresh buffalo Mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
6 fresh Basil leaves, stacked, rolled, cut 1/4-inch thick
Extra-virgin Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 ring molds (I use 6 ounce tomato sauce cans, cleaned, both ends removed)
1 teaspoon tomato paste, for garnish
1 tablespoon Lemon juice, for garnish
Capers, for
garnish

Instruction:

If using ring molds, place them on a flat plate; put a tomato slice inside the ring, sprinkle with a small amount of oil, salt and pepper, add a slice of Mozzarella, sprinkle again with a small amount of oil, salt and pepper and a pinch of freshly sliced basil leaves (reserve 2 tablespoons to garnish the top). Repeat this process building each ring 3 slices high.

Use a spatula to transfer to individual serving plates; remove molds; top with the reserved basil.

Garnish by mixing tomato paste with lemon juice, spoon onto plates around the salad, add a few capers and serve
, see my photograph.

Wine recommendation: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc

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