Move Over for Mozzarella!

We could probably camp out here for the rest of the year and never struggle to find a recipe.

Picking only a few recipes proved to be a difficult task… How did I choose?

For the first Mozzarella recipe I decided to make something I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat…

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BRUSCHETTA!!

I found grape tomatoes (both red and yellow) on sale the other day and I couldn’t help myself… I had to have them!

There’s something about this mix of yellow and red tomatoes together that makes it not only more pleasing to the eye but more pleasing to the stomach, too! At least my stomach seems to think so.

I got my girls down for a nap and realized… I hadn’t eaten lunch with them and my stomach was rumbling. It was time to pull out the tomatoes and put them to good use! With some leftover french bread, fresh basil and a bunch of mozzarella on hand, I really had no option but to indulge in this delicious, savory meal.

While I enjoy meat as much as the next meat-lover, once in a while I’m in the mood for something like this… bread, cheese, and veggies.

Here’s how I made it:

First, the ingredients…

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Then I sliced all of those lovely grape tomatoes in half and put them in a mixing bowl…

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Next, I peeled some garlic…

I got a little carried away here… I only needed a clove or two but for some reason I just kept going!

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I used a hand grater to grate the garlic over the tomatoes… I used 2 cloves but you can use less if you don’t like it so garlicky!

Though I LOVE garlic it is not always worth the long-lingering breath… but, most of the time I’d say it is worth it.

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Next, I added in some extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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Next I took several fresh basil leaves and piled them on top of each other. Then I rolled them up and sliced them to create what is called a “chiffonade” of the leaves (thin strips basically)…

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Then for good measure I added a good spoonful of prepared basil pesto I had in my pantry.

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Then I tossed it all together!!

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The longer this “marinates” the better. You could cover it and pop it in the fridge and let the flavors combine for an hour or two if you have the time…

My stomach was too rumbly to wait so I proceeded with my recipe by slicing up some french bread…

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And making of a few slices from a block of MOZZARELLA cheese…

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Then I PRE-heated my broiler and heated a pan over medium-low heat.

When the pan was hot I melted a good amount of butter and added in the sliced bread…

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When the bread was toasted to my liking on both sides I moved it to a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet I had gotten ready in the meantime.

I topped each of the bread slices with the tomato mixture…

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I topped each bruschetta with a slice of the mozzarella I’d cut earlier and popped it under the broiler for a minute or two.

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And this is the splendidly, fantastically delicious result I got…

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The Cost?

You’re looking at 94 cents to $1.88 per person depending on how hungry your eaters are, and on whether or not this is an appetizer or “main dish”.

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YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM……

I think these “MMMM”s could go on longer than the mozzarella recipes could hold out.

Really, you have to try this! TODAY! Click for the RECIPE!! (and here’s a Shopping List, too!)

It was a dream. The juicy tomatoes. The crunch of the buttery bread. The freshness of the basil. And the melty, gooey warm cheese just sends it OVER THE TOP!!!

Happy Economical Eating!!

Love, Jenna

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3 thoughts on “Move Over for Mozzarella!

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