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As inspirational as tomatoes and mozzarella are together, sometimes you just want to appreciate their individual strengths. This is where Deconstructed Caprese comes in. With bite-sized tomatoes, mozzarella pearls and basil-infused dipping oil, guests can enjoy all the components of a great appetizer on their terms and you can win major hosting points for originality!
In a blender or food processor, blend the olive oil, basil leaves and sea salt until the basil is finely chopped. (While extra-virgin olive oil is usually the star of caprese recipes, its flavor would compete too forcefully with the basil in this one, so make sure you use the virgin variety.)
Put the puree into a small saucepan or a microwave-safe bowl. Briefly warm the puree on the stovetop over low heat or for a few seconds in the microwave. Then strain it into a bowl through a coffee filter to remove the basil particles. For the best flavor, let the bowl of oil sit for a few hours.
Serve the oil in dipping bowls alongside serving dishes with the cherry tomatoes and mozzarelline. (Don’t forget the fondue forks or toothpicks.)
Simple and easy!
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