The Saturday before Easter I headed to the Wegmans near my Dad’s to pick up items for dinner the next day. If you have ever been to a Wegmans, you know it’s hard to leave there with out coming out with at least half a dozen items you didn’t go in there for.
Fourty dollars later, my shopping cart was filled with artichokes, asparagus, gluten-free breads, spinach, bananas, organic salad dressing, vine ripe tomatoes, stalks filled with basil leaves and fresh, hand-made mozzarella.
I’m typically not a sucker for those in-store tastings, usually because I don’t eat what they’re sampling. But, that day, they had small pieces of their fresh mozzarella. I couldn’t pass it up. Plus, I had never tried their store brand before.
It was over at the first bite.
I finally used all the ingredients last night to make a fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil “sandwiches.” To tell you the truth, I started out making a traditional mozzarella and tomato appetizer, got done and realized I forgot the basil. When I took the cheese and tomato off the plate to do it again, I started stacking them on the cutting board and thought, “hmm, that looks interesting. Why not arrange them that way?” So I did. 🙂
This is one of those dishes you can make a lot or a little depending on how many people/food you have to work with, so you’ll see no set amounts.
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh ground black pepper
Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella. Rise and dry the basil leaves.
Arrange a single player of the tomato slices on the plate. Top each of them with a basil leaf. Cover with a slice of mozzarella, followed by a slice of tomato.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the whole plate. Use extra basil leaves to decorate the plate. If you’re using a circular plate, top the center tomato ‘sandwich’ with a slice of mozzarella for a nice contrast.
Oh, p.s. — I called them sandwiches, because I thought that’s what they looked like! Plus, I started joking around that you eat’em like a sandwich and did it with on as a joke, and well, it kinda just stuck! 🙂