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Friday, September 16, 2011

It's the simple things.

I never understood why Italian cooking intimidates people.  It's so SIMPLE.  As I've said many times, it's all about basic, good quality ingredients.  The same applies to Greek cuisine.  That's how all Mediterraneans eat.  If you've been to either country, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

If you buy good olive oil, your food will taste better.  If you use fresh ingredients, your food will taste better.  If you cook with love, your food will taste better :)

This recipe is not a good example of what may seem complicated to someone, but it IS the perfect example of a delicious dish with simple, quality ingredients.  Plus, it takes two minutes to make.  Can't argue with any of that!

Caprese Salad
fresh mozzarella balls
whole tomatoes, sliced lengthwise and halved
fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped or torn
extra virgin olive oil
white balsamic vinegar (optional)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix.  Taste as you go and adjust seasonings accordingly.  Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Told you it was easy :)

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At September 16, 2011 at 8:12 AM , Blogger Joanne said...

Caprese is definitely one of those things that is OBSCENELY simple but also OBSCENELY delicious. Love!

At September 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm definitely trying to cook more simply this fall--you're totally right about quality ingredients. Plus, I grew up in Spain, so I feel very simpatico with the Mediterranean cuisine. And yay for good quality olive oil! It can't be beat. =)

At September 16, 2011 at 4:23 PM , Anonymous Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

Caprese really defines quality food eating at its best. It's so delicious when made with great, fresh ingredients. I just love those fresh mozzarella balls.

At September 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM , Anonymous Kimby said...

Enjoyed your thoughts on simplicity! Very true. This salad is the perfect expression of what you wrote!

At September 17, 2011 at 11:32 PM , Blogger Taste and Tell said...

This is Italian food at it's best!!

At September 18, 2011 at 9:43 PM , Blogger Ben said...

Melissa, this really does highlight the beauty that simplicity can give to a dish. (I love that you tore your basil instead of doing some chiffonade cut. :-) )



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