Every religion has some sort of beads used for praying and also some sort of trinity. Here's mine...basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Cliche? Oh no, no, no! This is the food of the gods, never has there been a greater combination than this... other than peanut butter and chocolate but that's not a trinity now is it? I eat this combination all summer long. I have it in a sandwich, I'll make a caprese salad and I'll make this dish.
I remember my step-momster making this when I was a kid. I'm not sure where she got the recipe but she used to peel the tomatoes and make a big production of it. Sorry, but why go through all that trouble of standing over a hot pot of boiling water? It's already hot outside and I want to go swimming. Forget about it! Just chop up the damn tomatoes and enjoy your day, it's summer for gosh sakes! Chill out.
tomatoes. chopped into bite sized pieces
basil, chiffonade-ed? what is the correct term for that anyways?
salt & pepper
Put tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella into a bowl. Add enough olive oil to coat the tomato mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
A couple of things: Notice I didn't give you measurements. This is just a throw together dinner. I go by proportions.
I used grape tomatoes in this dish. Every tomato has been pulled off the market and California was cleared from this stupid salmonella scare. Everyone is afraid to touch a damn tomato, but not me. Oh no, I go trying to find tomatoes (trying to cheat death) and all they have is those 3.99 a pound on the vine tomatoes and forget that...I'm not paying that much for a crappy tomato,and there was no farmers market, so what's a girl to do? Improvise! Grape tomatoes it is.
Use cheap mozzarella for this dish. Trust me, I've used fresh mozzarella and it's just wrong. Fresh mozzarella is beautiful and gentle and must be respected but in this dish she falls apart into a stringy, soggy, nasty mess.
Make this in the morning and let it sit in the fridge. The longer you let this sit, the better it tastes. Cook some pasta and toss this in and you have dinner. I eat it as a main dish and then I eat it for breakfast the next day, then lunch, then dinner again. Rinse, lather, and repeat. It's that good.