Caprese Salad in the Oven

If you’re lazy, but you like to impress your guests with delicious, smashing looking dishes, without wasting too much time in the kitchen, here’s a great starter for a dinner party or, if you wish, a fast lunch for you and your significant other.

This baby is, first, dummy proof. Three main ingredients and the only two actions needed are chopping and putting in the oven. Second, it looks super impressive, without too much effort. The only thing you need, for some extra charm is a medium-sized heat proof clay pot. But, of course, you can use whatever heat proof vessel.

Caprese Salad in the Oven
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Caprese Salad in the Oven
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 190 degrees C/ 374 degrees F.
  2. While the oven is preheating, cut the cherry tomatoes in quarters. Or in halves if you prefer . I suffer from a chopping disorder, that's why I like having everything in as smallest pieces as possible. But it doesn't always lead to the most visually appealing results. In this particular situation, it doesn't really matter, though. Place the cut tomatoes in your pretty pot.
  3. Get the basil leaves and chop them roughly. Or, even better, just break them. It gives you quite a nice feeling, touching the food and literally hand-making it. Try to cover the tomatoes evenly with the basil leaves.
  4. You've probably noticed that there is no salt in the list of ingredients. I'm not a big fan of salt, because it causes lots of problems, even for the youngest of us. And I get enough of it from the Pringles I'm constantly eating. But, if you prefer using it, now it's the moment.
  5. Now, the cheesy part :) Try to get the original buffalo mozzarella and not the cow milk "wanna be". This way, you make sure it's fresh and preservatives free. Anyway, if the buffalo mozzarella is difficult to find (in some cases, it might be), the wanna be version or even the shredded one will work just fine. Slice it and place it over your tomatoes covered with basil.
  6. And, as always, don't forget to put some love in it. I'm talking from experience when saying that even the easiest to make dishes can get messed up if you forget this basic ingredient!
  7. Place the pretty pot in the oven and let the cheese melt for around 15-20 min. Once you get it out, for artistic purposes, you can sprinkle some dry basil on top.
  8. Aaand, you've got yourself a beautiful caprese with mouth watering melted mozarella! Go crazy!
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