Friday, September 16, 2016

Caprese Sliders

I can't believe we're already halfway through the month of September - where did the time go?! Just thinking about all the great summer produce that won't be available makes me wish summer could last just a little bit longer. Especially, the tomatoes. I've planted a few tomatoes this summer and they've all done really well. Some of the plants had tomatoes that were sweet enough to eat off the vine! But one of my favorite ways to use tomatoes are in these super simple Caprese Sliders.They're essentially caprese salad sandwiched into a slider roll or dinner roll. Slices of vine ripened tomatoes are topped with fresh mozzarella, and a basil leaf or two are nestled into a dinner roll before getting a drizzle of balsamic vinegar...


There was no real recipe source for this dish since it's something I just happened to do for a quick snack. It then became something I saw at summer parties. And if you're in a crunch to serve up something vegetarian friendly, this would be a perfect choice! I found this dish to be wonderful in the summer so that we could take advantage of the tomatoes in season.

If you wanted to make it a bit more hearty, try adding some slices of proscuitto ham or even thinly sliced sopressata sausage! If you do choose to serve this up at a party, I would hold off drizzling the balsamic until just before serving so the bread doesn't get too soggy. And if you're not a fan of balsamic vinegar (who isn't?!), pesto is a nice option too!

Caprese Sliders

6 dinner rolls,split
6 slices of fresh tomatoes (in season is best!)
6 slices of fresh mozzarella
6-12 fresh basil leaves
2 tablesspon balsamic vinegar or 2 tablespoons pesto

On the bottom half of each roll, top with a tomato slice, slice of mozzarella and 1-2 fresh basil leaves. 

Just before serving, drizzle balsamic vinegar or pesto.