I first started making this appetizer after attending a potluck dinner party. I’m actually not a cheese fan. Most of you who are reading this and do not know me are probably in shock and saying “who doesn’t love cheese” Well, me! Of course there are some exceptions, like this recipe, but I assure you I truly will never care for cheese like a true cheese lover.
At the potluck, the girl who made this appetizer introduced me to balsamic glaze. Amazing! Now, if I can only find other recipes to use it on…
Mozzarella (cut slice – half an inch thick)
I use a fresh baguette from the store and have them slice the bread for me. I’ve tried slicing the bread at home but just ended up squishing the slices.
When preparing this dish, I place the sliced bread on the serving dish. I layer the bread with the basil, tomato and then the mozzarella. I use plum tomato because it the perfect size for the bread. I sprinkle salt and pepper on each piece. Finally, I drizzle the balsamic glaze across the serving dish onto each piece.
You can toast the bread prior to layering it with the ingredients to get a warm and crispy texture. I prefer the bread soft. Another suggestion would be to possible butter the bread prior to toasting it to add more flavor. However, I think the balsamic glaze compliments the light flavors of the mozzarella, tomato, basil and bread very well that nothing else is needed. But, hey, I’m bias.