This post has gotten buried and it is one of our absolute favorite family recipes of all time (in fact I just made it for dinner tonight). This is always a huge hit as an appetizer and is super healthy.
I wanted to dig it out of the archives since we can finally see the hints that Summer is on its way! Enjoy!
●Vine ripened cherry tomatoes (approximately 1.5 quarts when quartered); the quality of the tomatoes makes or breaks this recipe.
●Handful of washed/rough chopped fresh Basil
●Several fresh crushed cloves of Garlic (amount depending on your taste)
●Handful of shredded Mozzarella
●Olive Oil (approx. 2 tablespoons)
●Balsamic Vinegar (approx. 1 tablespoon)
●French Baguette (Ciabatta Bread works well also)
Slice baguette and toast (I brush a little olive oil on each side prior to toasting in the oven or on the stove top in a skillet).
Wash and slice the tomatoes in quarters (depending on the size of the tomato), add the rough chopped basil, crushed garlic, shredded mozzarella (use the apple wood smoked mozzarella from Trader Joe's for a fantastic flavor addition), olive oil, balsamic. Add Cayenne and salt to taste. Mix.
Top toasted baguettes and if desired, toast in the oven on cookie sheet just until mozzarella melts.