I love this dish! It is so very easy to prepare and very satisfying as either an appetizer or entree.
What you need
- A nice sized serving platter
- 1lb of fresh mozzarella
- 3 Large , ripe, firm tomatoes
- A fistful of fresh basil(enough for about 12 good sized leaves)
- 24 black, pitted olives
- A small jar of sliced roasted peppers in olive oil
- 12 Artichoke hearts in olive oil
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Ground pepper
Cut the mozzarella into 12 slices about 1/4 inch thick and distribute the slices evenly around the serving platter. Sprinkle with a little salt and ground black pepper.
Cut the ends off of the tomatoes and put them aside. Carefully slice the tomatoes into 4 thick quarters so that you are left with 12 healthy slices.
Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the mozzarella slices and sprinkle with a little salt and some oregano. Place a leaf of fresh basil on top.
Chop up the ends that were cut from the tomatoes and use them as a base for the black olives. Place the black olives and chopped tomatoes, roasted peppers and artichoke hearts in the center of the serving platter. Coat the basil, tomatoes and mozzarella with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar and you are ready to serve. You’ll need steak knives and forks.
A nice crusty loaf of warm bread and a bottle of wine tops things off.
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