Thursday, July 22, 2010
Recipe: Caprese Tartlets (from Melissa d'Arabian)
Oh my. Another great recipe from Melissa d'Arabian! I saw this on her show this past weekend, and I just knew it was something that would be a winner in a lunch.
Of course, I had them with dinner first. Along with pasta. And the family gobbled them right up.
I used some hamburger buns that I had in the freezer, and I cut the tops off of them to make them akin to crustless white bread. I used neufchatel cheese instead of full fat cream cheese. I made a couple of them using wheat bread (because I ran out of the hamburger buns).
Seriously. Yum. I want to try them in mini muffin tins. Because I love things in mini muffin tins.
(Courtesy Melissa d'Arabian)
8 slices white bread
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 ounces fresh mozzarella (approximately 2-inch ball), thinly sliced
Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling, optional
8 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Remove the crusts from the bread and using a large spoon or rolling pin, gently press the slices of bread down flat until they are thin and almost doughy. Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Press the slices in the muffin tin, to form tartlet shells. Set aside.
In a small bowl, using a fork to combine, mix together the cream cheese, garlic powder, dried basil, salt, and pepper until smooth and creamy. Drop about a teaspoon of the cream cheese into the bottom of each muffin tin. Bake the tartlets until golden and crusty, 12 to 13 minutes.
Meanwhile, liberally salt the tomato slices. Once the tartlet shells are golden, remove them from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Place a slice of mozzarella on top of the cream cheese, then layer on a tomato slice or two. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, if using. Garnish with basil chiffonade.