June 21, 2010

Mozzarella, Tomato, Avocado Appetizer

What a great way to start a meal! Fresh mozzarella layered with garden-fresh tomato, a slice of avocado, and chopped fresh basil drizzled with an olive oil balsamic dressing. I'm used to the typical (and delicious) appetizer of mozzarella, tomato, and basil - but with the avocado?? It's a whole new ballgame! The avocado adds a pleasant flavor - that complements, not overpowers, the other ingredients - as well as a nice and smooth texture that's a little creamier than the cheese. The balsamic drizzle is a perfect way to finish it off!

Where you can enjoy this:

My cousin Sandy's house!
In your very own home!

The recipe is very simple but quite delicious. There are lots of variations on this type of starter - swap in roasted red peppers, or bread, or both - but this is the first time I'd tried avocado. It adds a subtle flavor but doesn't make the starter any more filling (as bread would). Try it for yourself!

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