Sooooo, hit the farmer's market, or your garden, or any other place you can get some tomatoes.... and get ready for this!
What you'll need
- Mozzarella (not the tiny balls, and not the super hard block)
- Olive Oil (the good stuff)
- Salt (I use sea salt in a grinder - FANCY)
- Pepper (freshly cracked is better on this one)
- Fresh Basil
- A knife (pretty sharp one)
- A cutting board
- A decent size plate/platter
- Sink, running water, soap, kitchen towels (yes, the s is there for a reason)
I'm fairly sure that is all you'll need to get this one together. I'll stop dragging my feet, and get a move on!
Let's do this!
- Wash your dirty hands! (I don't want to know where those paws have been, I imagine it isn't good...wallet, grocery store aisle, garden dirt, seeeeeee!) Yes: water, soap, ABCs, water, towel.
- After your hands are clean, give your tomatoes and basil a shower. When you're comfortable with the level of cleanliness your produce has achieved, let it rest on a kitchen towel to drip dry a bit.
- Gather your remaining items in a central location, bring the produce over to the party, and let's get chopping!
- (Cutting board + knife + careful use......) Slice your tomatoes, grind some S&P over them, then let them rest on the platter while you slice the mozzarella. (Yep. Cross-contaminate to your heart's desire. Honestly, I don't think you're cross-contaminating jack in the situation! The stuff is all going together in a raw presentation, no big freakin' deal! Obviously, if something is wrong with your board or tomatoes, you'll already be getting sick when you eat the tomatoes! Don't be ridiculous! Use a clean board when you start, and I already told you to wash off your produce.)
- Once you have your tomatoes and cheese sliced, arrange in the fashion you prefer. I do lines, alternating tomato and cheese....
- Once arranged, drizzle some good olive oil over the top, add a bit more S&P if needed, and give it a rest while you quickly chop the basil.
- Once chopped, sprinkle the basil over the top, garnish with a few leaves if desired.
Done and done! Simple, quick, and delicious! Notice, I didn't give you any idea of how much tomato or cheese to use. I feed about six, side-dish style... with two big tomatoes and an equivalent amount of cheese. You know I don't actually measure stuff when it isn't necessary! Leftovers are great on a sandwich: hot or cold... yep! make it a panini! If you don't make enough, it should be easy enough to make another round! Do enjoy! Share your stuff with us via sausage links, and despite the simple instructions that I expect you'll have memorized... this will be indexed in phoodos for your convenience! Happy cheffery!