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Eggplant Caprese with Grilled Tomato and Basil
Eggplant Caprese with Grilled Tomato and Basil
(Melanzane Caprese con Pomodori Grigliati e Basilico)
 
 
Ingredients:

One (1-pound) globe eggplant, trimmed, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
Extra virgin olive oil (for grilling)
1 large plum tomato (about 4 ounces)
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil plus sprigs for garnish
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Two (7 to 8-ounce) balls fresh or buffalo mozzarella cheese, drained, thinly sliced
2 pounds (about 4 large) heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced

Directions:

Prepare barbecue (medium heat).

Arrange eggplant slices on baking sheet.

Brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill until slightly charred and tender, turning occasionally and moving to cook evenly, about 5 minutes.

Transfer to foil-lined baking sheet.

Grill plum tomato until skin is charred and split, turning often, about 5 minutes.

Transfer to sheet with eggplant and cool.

Core plum tomato.

Place in blender.

Add chopped basil, vinegar, and 1/4 cup olive oil.

Blend until smooth.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to small bowl.

Overlap eggplant slices, cheese slices, and heirloom tomato slices on individual plates or large platter.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Drizzle salad with dressing and garnish with basil sprigs. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!
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