Winter Caprese Salad

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READY IN: 2hrs
Recipe by Brookelynne26

Mario Batali recipe as posted on epicurious.com Cooking time includes roasting tomatoes. Everything else can be prepped while they roast.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F
  2. In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with 1/2 cup of the olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Place cut side down on a small baking sheet and bake for about 2 hours, or until the tomatoes are softened.
  3. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and let cool.
  4. Transfer the cooled tomatoes to a colander and set aside to drain while you make the pesto.
  5. Combine the garlic and Parmigiano in a blender and pulse until the garlic is roughly chopped. Add the basil and pulse 7 or 8 times, or until the leaves are shredded. With the blender running, slowly add the remaining 1 cup olive oil, blending until smooth.
  6. Toast the pine nuts in an 8-inch sauté pan over medium heat, tossing frequently, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  7. To serve, arrange 3 tomato halves cut side down on each plate. Place a ball of mozzarella in the center and spoon 2 tablespoons of the pesto onto each ball of mozzarella. Sprinkle with the pine nuts and garnish with basil leaves.

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