SUMMER CAPRESE TOAST

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I took a little road trip last week. I drove to Minnesota for some restaurant shoots and also spent some quality time with my Mom. She lives in rural Minnesota about 10 miles north of Rochester in a small town called Oronoco. She likes to say, “if you’re driving by and sneeze, you’ll miss it.” She still lives in the same house I grew up in and we love to sit on the deck, sip wine and ponder new recipes together. That afternoon, we decided to keep it simple and made this delicious Summer Caprese Toast.

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Before I left for Minnesota, I noticed that our Green Zebra tomato plant had a couple of tomatoes that had turned very red. I read that this is normal with some varieties, but that they could taste a little more tangy. I brought them with me so I could put them to good use before they expired.

This recipe is kind of a non-recipe. You can make it however you want, but I include my version below. The delicious flavors of tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic on top of crunchy toast were perfect on that warm summer afternoon.

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SUMMER CAPRESE TOAST

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Green Zebra tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes of your choice), thinly sliced 
  • Olive oil
  • Dried Oregano
  • Ezekiel bread, lightly toasted
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh basil, roughly chopped, reserving some whole leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Thinly slice the tomatoes and place slices on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of dried Oregano.
  4. Roast the tomatoes for 10-15 minutes and remove from oven.
  5. Toast the slices of Ezekiel bread until desired crispiness.
  6. Drizzle toasts with olive oil.
  7. Layer the mozzarella, whole basil leaves and tomatoes on top of the toast.
  8. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  9. Garnish with chopped basil, if desired.

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