Pesto Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
As seen on Honest Cooking...
With social media at an all time high the opportunity to enter contests for fabulous trips, washers and dryers and "everything but the kitchen sink" is something I find myself drawn to. The thought of free trips, kitchen appliances and dinner out really appeals to me..it probably appeals to you too! It is the same reason I buy lottery tickets, even if the chances are "slim to none". After all someone has to win!! You can't win if you don't enter...right.
With the influence of my friend Judi of The Last Wonton I have been inspired and even entered a couple of food contests lately. Imagine my surprise when I was a finalist, and then the winner of "The Best Pesto" recipe in a recent contest over at Whole Foods. For those of you who read these pages you are well aware of my love for pesto!!The people at Whole Foods associated with Food 52 prepared a few recipes they found interesting and this tasty little salad came out on top. I have posted this recipe before, and with a few minor changes it caught the eye of the judges.
Bocconcini, literally "little mouthfuls" in Italian, are bite-size balls of fresh mozzarella. Pair them with sun-ripened cherry tomatoes and your favourite pesto and you have one of the simplest and most delicious salads known to man. This time around I added Greek yogurt as a binder. In my previous recipe this was omitted but I thought it would give the pesto dressing a creamy consistency for a smoother finish.
The Judges Version
Back to the Future....
Over four years of blogging I have found many wonderful recipes to share on these pages. Some from my own kitchen, some from your creative blogs and web sites, and some from well known celebrities and chefs. I have been feeling a little nostalgic and was browsing these very pages just the other day, creeping back to the very beginning in 2006 when More Than Burnt Toast was in it's infancy and no more than "knee high to grasshopper". We all have those stellar recipes from when we first started when we were lucky enough to find one comment and have maybe one reader; in my case even before I was taking photos of the dishes I prepared. My other motivation for reconnecting with the past is to create uniform formatting on this blog and this is a fun way for me to revisit past posts.
So here are a couple of flashback recipes from the very first baby steps here at MTBT with...
**Pesto Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad**
- 8 ounces (200 grams) mini bocconcini (baby mozzarella balls)
- 2 cartons (28 oz/792 grams) cherry tomatoes
- 8 tablespoons basil pesto (recipe below or use your favourite)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, drained
- 1/4 cups walnuts
- 1/4 cup pignoli (pine nuts)
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic (3 cloves)
- 5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1-1/2 cup good olive oil
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Place the walnuts, pignoli, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 15 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Use right away or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.
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