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Tomato Mozzarella Salad

This delightful Tomato Mozzarella Salad will make a bold an elegant presentation at your next dinner party. Fresh mozzarella is seasoned and baked into sweet beefsteak tomatoes for a delicious gourmet dish that is incredibly simple and quick to prepare.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time14 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet beefsteak tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil coarse chopped
  • 8 fresh baby mozzarella balls cut into small pieces
  • 4 strips bacon diced and crisp fried, drained (optional)

Instructions

  • Wash and cut the tomatoes in half through the center (not top to bottom).
  • Carefully hollow out the tomato halves by scooping out the pulp. Place the pulp in a large mixing bowl and set the hollowed tomato halves cut-side up on a broiling pan.
  • Combine kosher salt, black pepper, basil, and mozzarella balls pieces with the tomato pulp. Mix well to combine.
  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Brush each hollowed tomato half with olive oil, then fill with the pulp/mozzarella mixture. Use a slotted spoon to drain excess liquid from the mixture while you fill the tomatoes.
  • Place in the oven about 5 inches from the broiler and cook for 3-4 minutes. Tops brown, the cheese melts and the tomatoes soften when done.
  • Remove and let cool slightly.
  • Top with crumbled bacon and serve.