This is my an adorable holiday version of my favorite caprese salad, which is one of the recipes featured in my The Rose Table cookbook. This would be perfect for Christmas dinner, a holiday party, or even just a festive lunch.
You want to tomatoes that are roughly the same width as the mozzarella you buy. That’s the key to a really cute candy cane. If you can find fresh mozzarella that’s already sliced, buy it because mozzarella is a little tricky to slice nicely and the traditional ball is larger than you really want for a cute candy cane.
Arrange slices on a board starting with the hook of the cane and working your way down. Season with sea salt and pepper and serve with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Normally, I dress the caprese but we don’t want to mess up the candy cane look, so have your guests self-dress their caprese salad.
Side bar: I still have an insane amount of basil in my garden. In December! I’ve really got to write an article about growing basil for you. I’ll work on that next month!
Candy Cane Caprese
Medium tomatoes, sliced
Mozzarella ball, sliced
Sea salt, black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
- Layer tomato and mozzarella slices on a board in the shape of a candy cane, beginning with the hook of the cane.
- Grind sea salt and black pepper over slices. Garnish platter with fresh basil.
- Serve with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar and freshly torn basil leaves.
Watch me make it:
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