Hard to believe that Labor Day is right around the corner! How fast did this year fly, right?
Anyway, here’s a great appetizer for your Labor Day picnic…or any day of the year. It’s light and refreshing and, if it’s too hot, you don’t even have to bake it. Just assemble as necessary and eat cold.
Baked Caprese Salad
- 1 loaf baguette, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices (about 30 to 36 slices)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 5 Roma tomatoes, sliced
- 1 1/4 pounds fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, stemmed
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Arrange the sliced baguette bread on a baking sheet. Brush with some of the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake until the bread is pale golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Top each slice of bread with a slice of tomato and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top each slice of tomato with a slice of mozzarella and sprinkle with salt. Return the baking sheet to the oven until the cheese and tomato are warmed, about 5 minutes.
Arrange the toasts on a serving platter. Top each toast with a basil leaf. Using the brush, drizzle the remaining olive oil over the basil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.
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