My husband and I recently dined at Cook St. Helena (north of Napa), a locals hangout that features mainly Italian fare – totally delicious! We enjoyed an appetizer of house made mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil and basil (high quality ingredients being key here)! I made it at home this weekend in only a few minutes, using store bought fresh mozzarella. So little effort required for such a gourmet appetizer/side, you can make for a few as well as a crowd.
Good quality aged balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil – fresh basil and fresh mozzarella. Organic heirloom tomatoes have superior complex flavors.
Like a 5-minute masterpiece – you’ll know what I mean after you taste it!
1/2 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 pound mozzarella cheese, cut into quarters
1/3 pound heirloom tomatoes, halved or quartered
1-2 thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
Drizzle the balsamic and olive oil on a serving plate. Arrange the mozzarella and tomatoes on the plate. Sprinkle with basil chiffonade and serve.