One evening while having dinner at a friend's house I was delighted with a lovely Caprese appetizer. It was simple, gorgeous and so delicious I craved it for weeks. I've seen platters of Caprese before with the colors of the Italian flag represented by the tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil; but never had I seen it made like this. Seriously good. Seriously! My husband called it "gorgeousness".
Toasted bread, pesto and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar punches up this classic. It is rustic and elegant at the same time; however if you are looking for something sophisticated to serve at a dinner party, this may not be it as one does not look very sophisticated while trying to cram four layers of varying textures into one's mouth!
Rustic Caprese Appetizers
1 French or sourdough baguette
olive oil for drizzling
Balsamic vinegar for drizzling
basil pesto or fresh basil leaves
1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 fresh Roma tomato, sliced
fresh ground pepper
Cut baguette into diagonal slices. Drizzle each slice with olive oil and place on parchment lined baking sheet in a 350° oven, and bake until bread is golden brown. While still warm, drizzle balsamic vinegar onto each bread slice. Add pesto or basil leaf to each slice, top with mozzarella and tomato and sprinkle freshly ground pepper on top. Enjoy!