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Warm Heirloom Caprese Salad

August 30th, 2011

My version of a Caprese Salad.  Done bruschetta style I top super toasty bread with warm heirloom tomatoes, rich smooth mozzarella, and a drizzle of cool, creamy basil dressing

Warm Heirloom Caprese Salad grown with help from the Humble Seed:

Ingredients for dressing: (Makes extra. I store it a glass jar for later.  I use this dressing for everything from salads, pizzas, pastas, and as a marinade for chicken breast)
2 heaping handfuls of fresh (washed and dried) Superbo Basil
1/4 tablespoons of organic mayonnaise
3 tablespoons of organic sour cream or Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons organic buttermilk
1 clove smashed garlic
A good quality olive oil (I usually add between an eighth and a fourth of a cup depending on the batch and how thick I want the consistency.  The more oil, the thinner the dressing)
salt & pepper to taste
food processor

Other ingredients:
3 Heirloom Tomatoes
6 fat slices of ciabatta or a crusty french bread (you want a type of bread that will get super crunchy)
1/4 pound or 1 large ball of fresh mozzarella cheese cut into six slices

Directions:
Turn your oven onto broil.

Take your basil, mayo, sour cream or yogurt, buttermilk, and garlic and place them all into the food processor. Using the “pulse”setting on your food processor slowly begin to combine all of the ingredients by starting and stopping every 10-15 seconds. Repeat this process until the mix starts to come together and all of the basil is chopped. Next you want to add the olive oil. Turn the “pulse” setting off and use the food processor on normal for this step.  While the lid is on and the blade is turning slowly begin to incorporate the oil in a steady stream until the basil dressing becomes a smooth vivid bright green.  Adding the olive oil should give the dressing a creamy consistency.  Once its completely come together you can store it in a glass jar in your fridge.

Next step is to toast the bread while the dressing is chilling.  Either brush or drizzle your 6 thick slices of bread with olive oil.  This will help the bread to get super crispy.  The toast needs to be crunchy enough to hold up the warm tomatoes and cheese with out getting soggy. Place the slices of bread on a baking sheet and put under the broiler.  Dont walk away during this step.  It is important to watch food constantly when in the broiler, because it can burn so quickly.  Keep the bread under the broiler until it has started to brown on the edges, and is very crunchy in the middle. About four minutes. You may want to turn the bread over onto its other side after two minutes just to ensure its crispy-nes.   When the toast is done place two slices on each plate and let it cool.

Now take your three washed and dried heirloom tomatoes and slice them in to fourths. Brush the slices of tomato with olive oil on each side and salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet on med heat.  When the pan is hot, add enough oil to the pan just to coat the bottom, then add your slices of tomato.  Sear the tomatos for only about 30 seconds on each side, you want them to get a slight brown crust on the outside with out over cooking them until they turn into mush.  When the tomatoes are done place them onto the toast, then add a slice of mozzarella to each bruschetta, and drizzle with the creamy basil dressing!

The crunchy bread topped with all of these flavors is the most amazing combination of creamy, crunchy, warm, and cool all on one little bruschetta!

About Katheryne:

 

Sustainability is very important to me because I believe that we should take care of the planet that gives us so much. Love the earth and it will love you back. Know where your food comes from; be informed about what you are consuming. By choosing to eat organically grown produce the impact that you are making on the environment and your own health is a positive one.  Living sustainably to me, is not about  what you are giving up, it’s about all that you get! You can check out my website and please be sure to “like” my Facebook page!

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Seed Spotlight: Washington Cherry Tomato

March 22nd, 2011

 

Whether you’re hungry for a healthy snack or making appetizers, salads, and more, cherry tomatoes are a great choice for nutritional eating and enhancing a variety of foods. When picked fresh from the vine, radiant red cherry tomatoes offer full-of-flavor juices that showcase the wonderful flavors of the gardening season, and these little beauties will keep growing all season long.

Our organic Washington Cherry Tomato seeds produce 1 ¼” meaty and flavorful fruits. Seeds can be sown in spring after the average last spring frost and when soil temperatures reach 60 degrees. Tomato plants can be grown in a warm area that receives plenty of sunlight. In warm winter/hot areas, they can also be planted in early fall for winter harvesting. If growing cherry tomatoes you will need a tomato cage or other support system. Cherry tomatoes are lycopene-rich!

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy cherry tomatoes try slow roasting them. Richly flavored, they pair well with soft cheese and crackers—it’s the perfect warm weather appetizer. Simply cut cherry tomatoes in half, lengthwise, then place cut side up in a roasting pan. Sprinkle cut tomatoes with fresh thyme leaves then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Liberally drizzle tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil then place roasting pan in a 200 degree oven for 6-8 hours. When finished, the tomatoes will be collapsed but not dried out. Cool then serve with accompaniments. Tasty tomatoes indeed!

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