So really, how does Trader Joe's read my mind? how does it know what I want before I walk the door? Blame it on all the Pretty Ways to Serve Summer's Best Tomatoes but I was feeling caprese-crazy. I stopped at Trader Joe's for those cute little mozzarella balls in the cheese section, certain I'd need to hit the farmers market later for tomatoes simultaneously big enough and small enough for the summer finger food embedded in my brain. But Trader Joe's had both the mozzarella and the perfect-size tomatoes!
And in case you're wondering, no, this isn't a paid post, a sponsored post or anything like that. I'm just in awe. We might should put Trader Joe's in charge of male-female Mars-Venus communication where "reading minds" is helpful skill set.
RECIPE for WARM CAPRESE BITES
Time to table: 15 minutes
Serves one to many
Small basil leaves
Mini fresh mozzarella balls
Pesto, preferably Homemade Basil Pesto
Set oven to 400F/200C. Cut tomatoes in half, a serrated tomato knife works great. Scoop out the seeds and center flesh with a spoon, a serrated grapefruit spoon works great. If needed, snip the basil leaves to fit into the tomato, hanging over the side just a bit. Cut the mozzarella balls in half, drop into the tomato on top of the basil leaf, round side down. Drizzle each half with a teaspoon of pesto. Arrange in an oven-safe baking dish and bake for about 5 minutes until cheese is soft and melty.
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