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Ina, Ina, Ina !!!  Now she’s a true rock star!  Seriously, you need to cook something, for some reason ,with a recipe you’ve never tried? Who ya gonna call….Ina Garten. Oh ya. You know it’s going to come out great even without a dress rehearsal.  Cuz we’re takin Ina. That’s why she’s a rock star.  If I ever met her I think I’d quake in my boots or whatever footwear I happen to be donning.

I love Caprese salad.  I mean LOVE it.  Before I moved to Socal I had a garden devoted to serious tomato growing and the primary purpose of growing them was for this salad. Now I lived in an almost gardenless Socal home and I long for my favorite salad fix. Not only do I not have my incredible garden bounty, it’s winter right now. Tomatoes in general have virtually no flavor.  Who ya gonna call………Ina Garten. That’s right with the wave of her “Ina” wand she has created a winter style Caprese Salad that not only rivals the fabulous original, but improves on it in many ways. This is now my Must Have salad for any time that vine ripe, perfect tomatoes, aren’t available.  I hope you try it and enjoy!
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Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

Ingredients

  • 12 Plum Tomatoes Halved Lengthwise,Seeded and Cored
  • 1/4 Cup Plus More for Drizzling Good Quality Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 2 Teaspoons Sugar
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Black Pepper
  • 16 Ounces Fresh Mozzarella Salted
  • 12 Fresh Basil Leaves Julienned

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. 2. Arrange tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut side up, in a single layer.  Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Sprinkle with garlic, sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast for 2 hours until the tomatoes are concentrated and begin to caramelize.  Allow tomatoes to cool to room temperature.
  4. 3. Cut the mozzarella into slices slightly less than 1/2 inch thick.  If the slices of mozzarella are larger than the tomatoes, cut them in half so they are approximately the same size.  Layer the tomatoes alternately with the mozzarella on a platter and scatter the basil on top.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil ( I didn't do this cuz I didn't want the extra calories and it was still fabulous ).  Serve at room temperature.
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