Thursday, August 12, 2010

Caprese Salad with garlic infused Extra virgin olive oil and Garlic Bread

Hi everyone, sorry there was no post yesterday I was just not feeling all too well. I am feeling much better today and I have a recipe for you that sounds difficult but is probably the easiest thing to throw together on a hot day or any day for that matter. All you need is extra virgin olive oil, two cloves of garlic, tomatoes sliced, mozzarella cheese fresh works best but you can flub a bit and use mozzarella string cheese I wont tell on you. And you will need basil and a nice Italian bread or crusty bread of your choice. Grab a large plate and layer your sliced tomatoes with your sliced mozzarella and in between the slices of cheese and tomato add a piece of basil. From there you want to grab your garlic cloves and give them a good smack to get the skin off but don't chop them add them whole to a small sauce pan and a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil depending on how many you are serving. If you are only making it for one or two people you might want to have one clove of garlic to one tablespoon of evoo. Put the oil and garlic on a medium heat and only heat through until its warmed, you don't want the oil to pop. Remove the garlic and put aside. Drizzle the evoo over the tomatoes basil and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle some oregano over the top. Next slice your bread, figure one slice per person put them on a cookie sheet and spray cooking spray on the tops just so they brown in the oven, next add the garlic you used in your oil, you want to mince it though so you can sprinkle it over your bread. Preheat your oven to 350 and when you start to smell garlic bread its probably ready if not close to it, your bread is ready when its toasted. I like to sprinkle my salad and my bread with Parmesan cheese to give it an extra little yum factor. I hope you and your family enjoys this recipe as mine did. Until next time I hope you all live, laugh and love.

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