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 yea. You know it’s going to come out great even without a dress rehearsal. Cuz we’re taking 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” and 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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
- Arrange tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut side up, in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- 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.
- 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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Beauty care says
Roasted Tomato are very delicious and i love to have it…http://www.vivamagonline.com/index.php This is the most yummy picture… I like the way you presented the tomato's..
Oh boy. This is GORGEOUS! I'm making it!
Barbara Bakes says
I've made these roasted tomatoes twice now! I am in love with them. I'm so glad you posted this!
Perfect! It seems the more snow and cold weather we get, the more I crave Caprese salad. This looks like it will be perfect for a wintery day!
Mmmm, this looks fantastic! Great idea for winter tomatoes – I so often end up using them “as is” but then being disappointed! I will have to try roasting them instead…looks like a much better option! YUM!!
That looks so good! Now I am wishing that fresh ripe field tomatoes were in season.
This looks so good! How do you get such amazing photos??
This is the most appetising photo I have seen in ages! It's my favourite salad too. And my favourite pizza topping! What a great way to get extra flavour into out of season tomatoes.
Katy ~ says
Kathleen, let me sing your praises. This is a fabulous find and share! LUV roasted tomatoes. What a beautiful and tasteful way to showcase their luxuriant flavor!
Bellini Valli says
I can see how this would definitely be a winner. Roasting just makes tomatoes tasate sweeter when not in season. I saw tghis for a Greek salad too…I think we are on a roll!!!!
Hi Kathleen, just me again. 🙂
Since you're such a big Ina fan, why don't you look into Barefoot Bloggers? Each week bloggers try one of Ina's recipes and then blog about it. I tried it for 6 or 7 months but then stopped because of the move and the baby last year. I really enjoyed it, though. Thought you might too. Here is the link:
Cinnamon-Girl Reeni? says
I love the whole sound of a roasted caprese salad. I love the flavor of roasted tomatoes – so rich and zesty. This looks just grand.
WOW…visiting your blog is like opening a door to summer!