6 Ways To Serve Caprese

6 ways to serve Caprese

Buon Appetito!

In prospect that I’m going to spend my summer holidays in Italy, I’ve got inspired by Caprese salad, or Insalata Caprese. The famous Italian salad made of fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Insalata Caprese is sometimes called insalata tricolore, referring to the three colors of the Italian flag: the red, white and green. Six fun variations of this classic summer salad:

 

1. Classic Insalata Caprese
Classic Insalata Caprese

The original Insalata Caprese is a very simple yummy salad. Combine fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Try to get your ingredients as fresh as possible.

 

2. Caprese Sandwich
Caprese Sandwich

Pick your favorite Italian bread (for example ciabatta or forcaccia). Slice and spread with a tablespoon of pesto. (To make pesto: Roast 1 tablespoon pine nuts, combine with 1 peeled garlic clove in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add a handful of basil leaves and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.) Add sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and garnish with a few basil leaves. If preferred you can also toast or grill your sandwich to make a panini.

 

3. Sweet Caprese Peach Salad
Caprese Peach Salad

Make a lovely sweet summer salad from fresh sliced peaches, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, sprinkle over basil reduction. To make basil reduction: Pour 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Cook it for 5-15 minutes, or until reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

 

4. Caprese Wrap Rolls
Caprese Wraps

A great party snack! Spread a wrap with a tablespoon of pesto. (To make pesto: Start by roasting 1 tablespoon of pine nuts. Combine the roasted pine nuts and 1 peeled garlic cloves in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add a handful of basil leaves and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.) Add sliced fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. Roll, cut into bitesize portions and serve!

 

5. Caprese Zucchini Noodles
Caprese Zucchini Noodles

A quick & easy lunch or dinner, that looks stunning on the plate. Turn your zucchini into noodles and toss with cheerful cherry tomatoes, little mozzarella’s and a fresh basil pesto. Check out the recipe here.

 

6. Caprese Salad Skewers
Caprese Skewers

These elegant and cute caprese salad skewers are a lovely party snack or side dish at a dinner party! Add a cherry tomato, basil leave and mini-mozzarella on a skewer. Serve with basil reduction. To make basil reduction: Pour 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Cook it for 5-15 minutes, or until reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

 

Red Onion Tarte Tatin

 

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Tarte tatin

The story goes that tarte tatin was first created accidentally at the Hotel Tatin in France by Stéphanie Tatin. She was in a hurry to prepare dessert for the hotel guests. Whether it was by mistake or a shortcut, no one really knows, but Stephanie started to make a traditional apple pie and somehow placed the pastry on top of the apples. After turning out and serving the upside down tart, she was surprised to find how much the hotel guests appreciated it. The tart became requested and famous. And so, a classic was born: the world famous tarte tatin. 

In this post you find a savory version of the classic French tarte tatin. An upside-down red onion tart, caramelized with a balsamic glaze and fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs. Light, crispy and buttery pastry with sweet, soft and sticky onions. A simple, tasty and impressive tart. Great as a starter, side or veggie option for dinner.

Red Onion Tarte Tatin
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 3-5 Red Onions
  2. 1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  3. 3 Fresh Rosemary or Thyme Sprigs
  4. 4 Sheets Puff Pastry
  5. Optional: Goat Cheese / Salad
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6.
  2. Peel the onions and cut each in 2-3 thick slices.
  3. Pour a cup of balsamic vinegar in an ovenproof frying pan and bring to heat. Add the onions, arrange them roughly in a concentric pattern. Add leaves from 3 rosemary or thyme sprigs. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until the vinegar has reduced by at least half to a syrupy consistency and the onions are softened and caramelized.
  4. Roll out the pastry sheets to one big circle. Lay the pastry over the pan, tuck in the edges around the onions. Bake for 20 minutes in the oven until the pastry is crisp and golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and turn out carefully onto a wooden board or platter.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Tip 1: Crumble or grate over a favorite cheese (great with goat cheese!)
  2. Tip 2: Serve with a green leafy salad
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Bulgarian Shopska Salad

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When I visited Bulgaria a couple of years ago, this was my favorite food discovery: Shopska Salad. I think I ordered it almost every day, yum! Although it seems such a simple salad it is bursting with wonderful flavors. It’s just so fresh and delicious.

This traditional Bulgarian salad is popular throughout the Balkans and Central Europe. Made from fresh tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion, parsley, sirene (white brine cheese), salt and a light dressing of olive oil and vinegar.

The preparation of Shopska Salad is exceptionally easy and fast. The salad can be served as a starter or as a garnish to accompany a main dish. Please enjoy, or as the Bulgarians would say: добър апетит!

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Bulgarian Shopska Salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 Large Tomatoes or a handful of Cherry Tomatoes
  2. 1 Cucumber
  3. 2 Roasted Peppers
  4. 3 Spring Onions
  5. Some Fresh Parsley
  6. Salt
  7. Olive oil
  8. Red or White Wine Vinegar
  9. Sirene (white brine cheese, 3.5oz/100g)
Instructions
  1. Chop the tomatoes, cut the cucumber in slices and cut the roasted pepper in stripes.
  2. Finely chop the spring onion and parsley.
  3. Mix all the ingredients. Add salt, olive oil and vinegar according to your preferences and stir.
  4. Finally grate cheese over the salad.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you can't find sirene, you can also use sheep cheese as a replacement.
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