Monday, August 19, 2013

Mangia Monday: Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Dishes

We love the flavors that the combination of tomato, mozzarella, and basil have to offer.  These ingredients are no-fail trio, and work in a variety of settings and dishes. Instead of doing a traditional bruschetta, try some garden fresh grape tomatoes and half them with a equally-sized piece of mozzarella! Equally as tasty, a panini sandwich with an optional eggplant slice is a sophisticated sandwich that can be served at any occasion.  You can even go the simplest route, and slice tomatoes and mozzarella, and put on a platter for a great appetizer.  To make this simple dish look elegant, top with ribbons of fresh basil and use both red and golden tomatoes.

Left image via Bauman Photographers. Right image via Pinterest
Image from San Diego Style Weddings Photo Archive