In praise of caprese

ca·pre·se [kuh-prey-zey, ‐zee]

adjective (sometimes initial capital letter)
prepared with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves
and drizzled with olive oil

Origin:  < Italian:  of or in the style of Capri

It’s finally summertime, and that means fresh tomatoes and fresh basil everywhere you look. And that means caprese! Caprese salads! Caprese sandwiches! Caprese lasagna!

You might have guessed, this is my favorite kind of food, and I’m not even remotely Italian. But you put tomatoes and basil and fresh mozzarella in front of me in pretty much any arrangement or concoction and I shall eat it and like it.

So, here are three recipes I recently pinned that I look forward to making this summer, plus a fourth that I’ve been thinking about for a while.

Caprese Lasagna Rollups

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Find the recipe at Cooking Classy. Lighter, fresher and much prettier than traditional lasagna!

Caprese Mac & Cheese

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This recipe also is from Cooking Classy. I can hardly wait to try this one; it looks amazing.

Caprese Spaghetti, or Olive-Oil-Poached Cherry Tomato Sauce

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You guessed it, Cooking Classy has the recipe. What a great website!

Stuffed Caprese Bites

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This recipe is from Gimme Some Oven. Perfect little nibbles that could be appetizers for a crowd or a whole meal for one.

Now go out there and get yourself some basil, tomatoes and mozzarella and make one of these amazing dishes!

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