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Tartlets [Jun. 4th, 2009|09:51 pm]
There were good tomatoes at Sprouts the other day, so I tried making the yummy tomato-mozarella-basil tartlets that Thomas & Karen made on Saturday. Only without the puff pastry, so they were really tom-mozz-basil... slabs?

Anyway, the recipe says bake for 10 minutes at 400, and they turn out really juicy and runny. So I decided to try doing that with half of them, and just running them under the broiler until toasty with the other half. The broiled ones definitely have great texture, and the cheese got nice and brown. But it seems baking may have brought out the basil a bit more, and made the flavors meld better. So the jury's still out.

(Also, I salted the tomatoes and let them sit for a while to draw out juice, but they needed more rinsing. The end slices, which only got salt on one side, were definitely better.)

[User Picture]From: tdjohnsn
2009-06-05 04:07 am (UTC)
with balsamic vinegar and olive oil those ingredients would make a really yummy insalata caprasi (I think i spelled that funny), that way you don't have to heat up the house to have an excuse to eat tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil slabs.

(I always put a little slice of fresh garlic on top of each pile, but that depends on how much you like garlic....)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-06-05 04:34 am (UTC)
I have always been underwhelmed by caprese salad, but now I'm guesing that's because it absolutely requires good ingredients, and so it's just not going to be up to snuff unless it's home-made or from a really good restaurant; the stuff at the grocery store or on the appetizer tray at a work function just isn't worth it.
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2009-06-08 07:45 pm (UTC)
There is no such thing as good store-bought tomatoes, just so you know.

Caprese salad with home-grown heirloom tomatoes... well, let's just say if you're ever in the area in mid-summer, I'll show you why caprese salad is amazing.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2009-06-05 04:28 am (UTC)
"Tartlets"? Are those the 14-year-old girls at the mall with short-shorts that say "Juicy" on the butt?
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2009-06-05 08:28 pm (UTC)
Those are tartlettes.
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