What is this you might ask? A fish? A bird? A plane?
Look closer. That is a home grown tomato, after soaking up the summer sun, is picked, sliced and dried in the oven.
Topped with homemade mozzarella. Yep, made by yours truly.
Topped with basil from the garden. Just a few minutes ago it was waving its leaves under a summer sky watching the lady bugs and wasps fly by. It graciously let me remove a few of its leaves to feed us. (Actually let Melissa pick them. see below)
And finally, a few drops of my own Italian balsamic vinaigrette. Ahhh.
It feels good.
The rest were being eaten up by hungry grizzly bears. (they looked a lot like my husband, kids and me).
The tomatoes were sliced, layed on a parchment lined baking pan, drizzled with olive oil and baked for at least 2 hours in a 250 dgree oven. Let cool. Top with a slice of fresh mozzarella, some shredded basil and more good olive oil or vinaigrette. Sprinkle with some good salt. Mama-mia, its wonderful.
Be sure to use good tomatoes, from your garden, a friends garden, a farmers market…