Bruschetta Caprese (ready in ten minutes)

Recipe Prep Time : 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Serves 2-4 Ingredients
  • 10 slices of fresh baguette or ciabatta
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 10-12 leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
 Preparation
  • Set your oven to broil.
  • Slice cherry tomatoes in halves or thirds. Dice, if using larger tomatoes. Julienne basil.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Add tomatoes to this mixture and gently toss to coat. Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Meanwhile, lay the bread slices on a cookie sheet. Top each slice generously with shredded mozzarella.  
  • Add a spoonful of tomatoes and place the cookie sheet on the top most rack of the oven. Broil for 1-2 minutes until the edges turn golden brown and the cheese melts.
  • Remove from oven, add basil  and serve immediately.
 
Note:
  1. If you have never used the broil option in your oven before, take this as an opportunity to try it. All that you have to do is turn it on and start using it in a couple of mins. No preheating is required.
  2. The time it takes to toast the bread depends on your broiler. Try toasting a couple of slices for just one minute and keep adding a minute till you see the edges turn brown. It should not take more than 2-3 minutes to get your bread nicely toasted.
  3. Some broilers have low and high broiler options. Use the low broil option, if available. High broil could get the bread burnt quickly.
  4. You can use a grill, grill pan or heavy skillet for this recipe if you don’t have a broiler or not comfortable using it.
  5. You can add finely chopped basil to the oil – vinegar mixture if you like a stronger basil flavor.
                                                                 By Meera Seetharaman                                                                       7 Saffron Street

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