Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mini Insalata Caprese Ramekins

Insalata Caprese is one of the simplest and tastiest summer salads, but especially so when there's no chopping to be done. A classic Caprese Salad involves slicing hot house tomatoes and layering them between slices of perfectly ripe Buffalo Mozzarella, and garnishing with fresh basil leaves. By using darling bite size bocconcini and small red and yellow cherry tomatoes tossed with some olive oil and sea salt, you can enjoy this classic taste of the mediterranean in moments.

Served in small ramekins with a sprig of basil, it's the perfect addition to any outdoor buffet, with guests being able to enjoy their own personalized Caprese salads in small ramekins, or served in a larger decorative bowl garnished with torn basil, olive oil and fresh ground black pepper, for a group. Mini bocconcini and cherry tomatoes can also be threaded on bamboo skewers for a lovely appetizer. Interestingly, Insalata Caprese is sometimes called Insalata Tricolore, referring to the three colors of the Italian flag. Viva Italia!

Mini Insalata Caprese

Serves 4

1 1/2 cups mini Bocconcini
1 1/2 cups mixed cherry tomatoes, red and orange, whole
Basil Leaves, julienned and whole, for garnish
Olive Oil
Maldon sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Toss the bocconcini, tomatoes and some julienned basil in a large bowl and season with olive oil, sea salt and some black pepper. Serve immediately in four small individual ramekins for personalized servings, or serve in a large decorative bowl and let guests serve themselves. Garnish with basil tops.