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What’s for dinner?
A couple nights back, my husband celebrated his 31st birthday! Well, we didn’t celebrate that night because he worked 9am-9pm, so we decided to celebrate it a few days later. We had our parents over for dinner and my mom made a Chicken Parmesan Casserole (yes, that’s a thing and it’s sooo good!). I wanted to make an appetizer and figured I’d go the Italian route with some bruschetta.
I didn’t want just regular tomatoes and basil though, so I made it a Caprese by adding some mozzarella. It was so delicious! I usually don’t like bruschetta, but in the last few months, I’ve really come to enjoy it and this one was so good! It was also incredibly simple to make.
The flavors really blend well together, especially if you make it in advance and let it sit in the fridge for a little while. I prepared it and placed it in a bowl to allow the flavors to settle. I then transferred it into a serving bowl because I didn’t want to serve it all up on the bread. I really don’t like soggy bread! So I sliced and toasted the bread and served it next to the bowl of bruschetta and let everyone serve themselves.
Best tomatoes and mozzarella….
Vine ripened tomatoes were really delicious in this bruschetta. After dicing them, I put them in a strainer with a pinch of salt to get all the moisture out (that way it’s not just swimming in tomato juice). As for the mozzarella, I used Stella. It was absolutely delicious! The cheese was fresh, delicious and I just couldn’t help myself from eating it right out of the packaging! If you haven’t heard of it, learn more about Stella Cheese!
[recipe title=”Caprese Bruschetta” servings=”enough for a party ;)” time=”20 minutes” ]
- 3 vine ripened tomatoes
- 2 cloves of garlic, shredded or minced
- 1 package Stella mozzarella cheese
- 6 basil leaves, chopped
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 loaf of baguette, sliced and brushed with olive oil
Dice tomatoes into small pieces, as well as the cheese. Place the tomatoes in a strainer and add a pinch of salt. Once the majority has drained out, add in the mozarella and toss.
Add in the garlic, oregano, vinegar and oil. Add pepper and taste (remember we added salt in the beginning). If you want more salt, add a bit more. Lastly, add in the basil and mix well. If you’re not ready to serve it, transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate.
When ready to enjoy, toast sliced bread in the oven at 450 degrees until toasty and golden brown. Place on platter and serve!