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Ingredients

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10 whole Carrots Campari Tomatoes small
1 1/2 cups Beef leg Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese cubed
2 tablespoons Milk Fresh Basil shredded (cut finely)
2 tablespoons Bread Honey
3 tablespoons Corn Balsamic Vinegar
2 dashes Sea Salt
2 dashes Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Nutritional information

11g
Protein
48g
Carbs
9g
Fat
4g
Saturated Fat
7g
Fiber
Tomato Basil Salad Bites

Tomato Basil Salad Bites

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If there is one thing that I really love, it's cooking for people I care about. Sharing food together is something that has been done throughout all of mankind's existence, it's written about in some of our world's oldest texts, and it's been passed down from generation to generation.

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Looking for a simple yet elegant appetizer for your dinner party? Check out this fresh Tomato Basil Salad Bites recipe, it’s not hard to make, but it’s fresh and delicious and can show off your favorite plates!

If there is one thing that I really love, it’s cooking for people I care about. Sharing food together is something that has been done throughout all of mankind’s existence, it’s written about in some of our world’s oldest texts, and it’s been passed down from generation to generation.

Evidence of this can be found in the Bible and in the artifacts from ancient civilizations. In Acts 2:46, it says “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart”.  The ancient Greeks depicted the eating experiences on cups and dishes.

Preparing meals for others is as normal as the rain, and having the skills to prepare a meal is required almost as much as the rain itself. The circle of life is all around us, from the seeds we plant to grow the tomatoes and basil, to the rain we need to cultivate and grow the plants. From the cow’s milk we use to make the cheese, to our own human hands that sharpened the blade and prepared the food.  All in all one could look at the preparation of the meal as a completion of this circle before it begins again.

Sometimes we get caught up in our everyday modern lives and take for granted everything that we have and how easy it can be to obtain food. So today, I challenge you to stop, just for a moment and think of what life would have been like before grocery stores when man had to tend to the land and produce his own food. See the value and the connections we have as human beings to our ancestors and ancient civilizations.

Cooking is sharing, it has been this way since the beginning of time, and I hope it continues until man’s last day. Cooking is a form of love, it’s gaining the trust from those you serve, and it’s an experience that can truly bring us together.

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Steps

1
Done

In a sauce pan prepare the balsamic reduction by adding the vinegar and honey to the pan and heat until bubbling. Cook until reduced by half. Set aside to cool. I like to put mine directly into the refrigerator to cool as quickly as possible.

2
Done

Carefully cut the top and bottom slices off the tomatoes. Then using a knife, core the tomatoes, removing the seeds and columella. This will leave a tall cylinder shape.

3
Done

This step is optional, but I prefer to salt (and pepper, too) the plate with pink Himalayan salt, then place a serving (5 tomatoes) onto the plate. Salting the plate vs the tomatoes themselves, allows you to get salt with each bite as you cut into the salad. It can also allow more time between preparation and serving.

4
Done

Place a few of the buffalo mozzarella cheese cubes into the tomato, then garnish with some fresh basil.

5
Done

Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the tomatoes and serve!

Brian

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