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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Basil Appetizer (& How to Store Basil)

This is one of my favorite summer snacks! It's fast, light, inexpensive, and yummy.

Servings: 4
Total Cost: $3 - 4
Reheat Factor: 0/5
Freezer Factor: 0/5
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(3 Not in Pantry)

8 oz. Mozzarella (fresh is best!)
2 Tomatoes
Fresh basil
Olive oil

1. Slice the mozzarella and tomatoes.
2. Wash the basil, and remove several big leaves.
3. Alternate slices of tomato, mozzarella, and the basil leaves.
3. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Salt to taste.
4. Serve at room temperature.

Tip for Storing Fresh Basil -- for Weeks!

Don't store basil in the refrigerator, because it will spoil faster. If you've purchased freshly cut basil, treat it like you would a bouquet of flowers. Create a mini vase of sorts by filling a glass with water. Make sure only the stems are covered and change the water occasionally. Using this storage method, basil can sometimes last weeks -- it may even develop roots! Cutting the stem regularly can also help the basil to stay fresh longer.

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