Thursday, September 10, 2009

Summer's End Caprese Salad

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September is my favorite month of the year.

I love the beach in September when everyone gets ready to go back to school and back to reality. It's nice and peaceful and not so hot.

The sky looks so lovely on a September evening, and the sound of crickets get softer as the end of the month approaches.

Produce is best in September here in NJ, and tomatoes are dirt cheap at the farmer's market, because you know in a few weeks we will be seeing pumpkins and mums.

How about sneaking in one last Caprese Salad for the season?

The beefsteak tomatoes have been amazing and my basil is almost done.

Slice some good, fresh mozzarella (the kind packed in water) and layer with gorgeous, ripe sliced beefsteak tomatoes.

Stick a basil leaf in between each stack and scatter some yellow cherry tomatoes on top.

Sprinkle sea salt and pepper over and drizzle with olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar. I placed some boquerones (Spanish white anchovies) on top.



Serve at room temperature.

8 comments:

kat said...

I love September too. We start to get that fall crispness but there is no hint of snow yet

The Japanese Redneck said...

Love the colors in your salad. I can't say I don't like anchovies cause I've never eaten them. But, if they are very strong then I wouldn't like them.

The rest of it I would devour!

Ramona

Patsyk said...

That's one of my favorite salads! I was thrilled with the selection at the farmer's market last Sunday... can't wait to see what goodies I get this weekend!

the ungourmet said...

This is just a gorgeous dish! It's the best combination of ingredients on the planet if you ask me!

Zoe said...

Im always in the mood for a good caprese. This one sounds great with the anchovies!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I don't want summer to end, it's too soon!

Culinary Cory said...

We totally share the same love for caprese salads. I love bold red colors and punches of yellow. Basil is one of my favorite herbs to use. It works so well in a salad like this. I've never added anchovies to caprese before, I like the idea of a bit of saltiness to balance with the tomatoes.

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