Monday, July 19, 2010

The BEST Caprese Salad EVER


I have loved caprese salad for a long time now, but this summer I have been particularly obsessed with it. There is nothing fresher and yummier on a hot day than a cool caprese. I have not found an incarnation of this delectable delight that I don't love, but I have found my favorite. If you are a caprese fan, you MUST try this. It is from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa herself, and it is a real treat.

Ingredients


  • 12 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seeds (not cores) removed
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces fresh salted mozzarella
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, julienned

Directions

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
Arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up, in a single layer. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with the garlic, sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast for 2 hours until the tomatoes are concentrated and begin to caramelize. Allow the tomatoes to cool to room temperature.
Cut the mozzarella into slices slightly less than 1/2-inch thick. If the slices of mozzarella are larger than the tomatoes, cut the mozzarella slices in half. Layer the tomatoes alternately with the mozzarella on a platter and scatter the basil on top. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Serve at room temperature.
You can see in the photos above that I like to make myself a personal-size caprese, but you can easily fill a platter with this as well. Also, please excuse the look of my baking pan. It is older than dirt, but seasoned perfectly. I am not sure if I will ever part with it.
Bon Appetit!

17 comments:

  1. I never be the same now....

    so very good

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  2. I like the new twist! My husband is OBSESSED with caprese salad! Oh and I am also obsessed with green this year. :)

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  3. I have never tried this but it looks amazing!!!! Great idea for summer!

    Luvs!

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  4. I'm going to try this tomorrow. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I've never had a caprese salad before, but this looks and sounds totally delicious.

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  5. That looks amazingly delish! I can't wait to make it myself! :)

    xoxo

    http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

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  6. Thanks for stopping by Jocelyn. I'm glad you found me! Your caprese looks amazing. A good adaptation for other seasons when the tomatoes aren't as perfect. I got my advice on caprese from Ina too!

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  7. I absolutely agree...the best salad ever! I had an amazing one this summer in California. Love your blog too:)
    Julie xo

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  8. This looks amazing. I usually refer to salads as "flavored lettuce" but this looks good enough to eat!

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  9. Hello there! Thanks for the sweet comment you left at my blog. :) This salad looks so yummy! I love baked tomatoes. :)

    Have a great day!

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  10. holy crap when will you make this for me?

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  11. Um, YUM!!!! You can rest assured that I will be making this soon.

    www.laundryandvodka.com

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  12. i love caprese salad! this looks amazing, i will try it super soon! thanks :)

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  13. mmmmmmangia! :) this looks great-and perfect timing with all the fresh tomatoes from the garden! thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love this and make it quite often at home...yum! xxoo :)

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  15. Oh, one of my all time faves. I'm going to have to try this out.

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