Thursday, April 7, 2011

Taste of Italy

Tomato & Mozzarella Caprese: Ingredients: 8 Thick slices of vine-ripened tomatoes 2 Tbl balsamic vinegar 8 Medium fresh basil leaves 12 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 8 slices Dry oregano leaves to taste Sea salt to taste Fresh ground black pepper 2 Tbl extra-virgin olive oil Arrange sliced tomatoes on a large platter. Place one basil leaf on top of each tomato slice. Place 1 slice of mozzrella on top of each basil leaf. Sprinkle oregano, salt and pepper on cheese and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Finish with drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Bruschetta al Pomodoro:


4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced

2 Garlic cloves, chopped

1 Garlic clove cut in half

Black pepper to taste

Salt to taste

10 Medium fresh basil leaves, chopped

4 Tbl extra-virgin olive oil

8 Slices crusty Italian bread

Extra-virgin olive oil (to drizzle)

Combine diced tomatoes and chopped garlic in a mixing bowl. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Add half of chopped basil and 4 Tbl of extra-virgin olive oil. Drizzle both sides of bread slices with extra-virgin olive oil. Grill bread lightly on both sides. Rub grilled bread with cut half of garlic clove to infuse with flavor. Top each slice with tomato mixture. Garnish with remaining chopped basil and serve immediately.


  1. Hi Odie. I've managed to sneak on here, whilst the family have gone to visit the other grandma!! That tomato & mozzarrella recipe takes me right back to Italy. Wonderful! I actually have it quite a lot at home, as I adore it. I will certainly be trying the Bruschetta al Pomodoro - it's just the sort of food I love, washed down with a glass of Rose`
    Hope you and Lindy and little Rocky are well. Watch out for my photos on Wednesday!

  2. Sorry, I said Lindy, instead of Linda, but you'll know what I meant!!

  3. Thisisme, I'm missing you but loving those Alfred pictures! Odie, these recipes of yours have my mouth watering. Italian food is my favorite. Have a great day, good buddy!

  4. Looks wonderful, Odie. I also love Italian food.

  5. hi Odie:)

    meals must be grand at your house! set the table for one more!

  6. Wow! That sounds DELICIOUS! And good for me during lent (I gave up meat...:()

  7. Yum..might have to be on the menu this week.