I’m mildly obsessed with anything involving caprese ingredients. Mozzarella, basil, tomatoes….that’s just about the perfect combination in my book. Whether it’s in the form of a salad, sandwich, or bruschetta, it reminds me of summer.
Panera Bread used to make a delicious caprese salad. It was only available in the summer, and whenever it came out, I promptly went there to devour the salad. I haven’t seen it at Panera for the past few years, but I always think about the delicious ingredients during the summer. Of course, other places offer caprese dishes, too. And when I’m in the mood, those dishes often appear on my plate, and are gone in a flash.
So it was no surprise that I was thinking of creamy mozzarella, fresh basil, and juicy tomatoes last weekend. Summer staples, right? But instead of putting those ingredients into a salad, I went with a different option. Caprese Bites! French bread slices, topped with fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, and vine-ripened tomatoes created this delicious appetizer, or anytime snack!
The ingredients for these Caprese Bites are fairly simple. French bread, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil leaves, tomatoes, and olive oil. I chose to first toast the bread with a touch of olive oil before I layered the ingredients. I then added a slice of fresh mozzarella, diced tomatoes, and chopped basil leaves. Pop it in the oven for about ten minutes and voila! Caprese heaven!
One bite and I was sold. The fresh basil, combined with the mozzarella and tomatoes reminded me of eating my favorite salad at Panera. Feel free to drizzle with some balsamic vinegar for a bruschetta taste.