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Monday, June 1, 2015

Fried Green Tomato Caprese Salad


Ahhh, summer has finally arrived.  I'm not the biggest fan of heat, but the past month of rain and cold temps may have been enough to change my mind.  This week has finally been hot enough for long days spent at the pool with my boys.  After all that exhausting lounging around,(ha ha)I am not in the mood for a complicated dinner.  My husband has been in charge of the grill, while I've been making easy sides.  This week we picked up some pretty green tomatoes at the store, and I thought I'd try a twist on Caprese salads that we love so much in the summer. 


I kept it simple by faux frying them, (baking them in the oven).  This keeps it fast and healthy.  I also added some sliced red tomatoes since we love tomatoes so much, but you can stick to the fried green tomatoes if you want. 
Either way it's a delicious side dish, and best eaten outside!
 
INGREDIENTS~
  • 2 green tomatoes
  • fresh mozzarella
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt & pepper
 
1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Slice the green tomatoes.  Season both sides with salt and pepper. 

 
 
2.  Set out 3 shallow bowls.  Add the cornstarch to the first bowl, the beaten eggs to the second, and the Panko to the third.  Take a slice of tomato, dredge in the cornstarch, soak in the beaten eggs until coated, and coat with the Panko breadcrumbs.  Place on a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Repeat until all of the slices are done.

 
3.  Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and flip slices over.  Spray lightly with cooking spray, and return to the oven for 10  more minutes.  I like to broil them for the last 3 minutes until they are golden brown. 

4.  While the tomatoes are in the oven, slice the mozzarella into 1/2 inch slices.  To assemble, place a piece of the cheese on the plate, top with a basil leaf, and the "fried" green tomato.  Repeat until all slices are used.  Sprinkle generously with coarse sea salt, and drizzle with olive oil and Balsamic vinegar.  (If you are using red tomatoes as well as the green, add the slices in now.)


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  2. Cooking food at home and having it is always healthy as compared to any other reason. You people can take help from the organic fruits and vegetables too to maintain good health for longer hours. You can also add organic fruit juices like Noni juice, papaya juice or the Acai Berry Juice to maintain normal functioning of your internal mechanism.

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  3. It looks delicious and easy to cook as well. Need to try this one out, thank you for the recipe, going to share it with my wife and will ask her to make it :D

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