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Caprese Bruschetta

My absolute favorite appetizer. Simple, flavorful and classic.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Simply Luxurious

Ingredients

  • 1 French baguette sliced on the bias
  • 1-2 medium fresh tomatoes your choice, heirlooms are my favorite, the fresher and in season the better
  • 1 large ball fresh mozzarella buffalo mozzarella would work well also
  • 3-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 large leaves basil julienned
  • 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar top quality - (I use Gianni’s Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit).
  • Slice baguette, placing slices on a baking sheet/jelly roll pan. Drizzle EVOO over each slice. Place a slice of mozzarella on each.
  • Place baking sheet in the oven and watch carefully. It will take between 4-7 minutes. Remove when cheese has melted and is slightly bubbly and baguette is toasted.
  • Place one leaf of basil (or julienned slices) on top of the warm mozzarella, followed by a slice of tomato (or a tablespoon of diced pieces), and drizzle with thick balsamic vinegar (if you have store-bought vinegar that is very transparent, reduce it over medium heat to thicken up the consistency and improve the flavor). Voilà!