Saturday, October 29, 2011

Caprese - Monster Faces

 - Juicy Tomato - Fresh Mozzarrrrrrrrrrrella - Snip of Basil from out back - Drizzle of Olive Oil and Balsamic - A grind of S&P - 

What.Could.Be.Better.?

Yum! I busted out all necessary ingredients the other night to make some Caprese to compliment the pizza I had cookin'. Having Google images fresh in my head from pumpkin carving earlier, I thought to myself; Why not make scary and funny faces out of the Caprese in honor of the Halloween season?


I had such a blast making these. I felt like a kid again. Each and every one has a different face. Dan even got into it and decided to cut out a mouth add teeth to one.


Toss a healthy Halloween food on your party list with these little buggers, or use them as a fun kids food project year round.  This recipe can also be use the other 364 days out of the year in "normal form" if you want to make a regular Caprese.


ABOVE
Dan's idea making teeth.


BELOW
Scary and Funny Faced Caprese
(Before S&P and Oil and Vinegar)


 Caprese - Monster Faces

Ingredients
- Fresh Mozzarella Balls - small, soft, and usually packed in a liquid
- Tomatoes
- Basil Leaves
- Green and/or Black Olives (Used for eyes. Not needed if using recipe for normal Caprese)
- Olive Oil
- Balsamic vinegar - (Quality matters)
- Salt and Pepper

Directions
-Use the first four ingredients to make the faces as you wish to create them. I used black olive pieces for the irises of the eyes. If you don't like green olives, you can replace them with black.You can also choose how to use the basil for hair. (see pic above)
-When the face is put together, grind fresh pepper and sea salt over them and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You can tell the difference in quality of vinegar if you have ever used the good stuff compared to the thin cheap stuff. But I have used both, and if you only have the cheap thin stuff on hand it isn't the end of the world.

Enjoy! Happy Halloween Season!

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