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Baked Caprese

Baked Caprese via KatiesCucina.com #recipe #italian #sidedish #vegetarian

If there is one thing in life I love (other than my husband) it’s a good caprese salad. Fresh mozzarella, plump tomatoes, aromatic basil, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Mmmm I’m drooling just thinking about the coveted fresh salad. While flipping through my digital magazines I saw a tomato basil bake… I thought why not make a baked caprese salad? To me, it was a no brainer! I mean I love cold caprese salad and I love the idea of a crunchy panko bread crumb topping on just about anything!

Baked Caprese via KatiesCucina.com #recipe #italian #sidedish #vegetarian

This baked caprese works as side dish or a main dish. I made this one night last week before I left for the annual BlogHer Food conference (which by the way was amazing and I can’t wait to share a few things from my trip later this week). The night I made this dish I happened to eat it as main course amongst other appetizer like recipes.

Baked Caprese via KatiesCucina.com #recipe #italian #sidedish #vegetarian

This casserole is perfect as a main dish for two or a side dish for four. Although, everyone will love the baked caprese so much you might just need to make a double batch! I’m still trying to figure out what to make for Father’s day dinner this weekend for my dad.  I have a strange feeling he is going to ask for fresh spaghetti with bolognese sauce and if he does I think I’ll be making the baked caprese to accompany our meal. Whether you’re entertaining or it’s a simple meal in you must give this baked caprese recipe a try!

Baked Caprese via KatiesCucina.com #recipe #italian #sidedish #vegetarian

Inspired by Rachael Ray Magazine, June 2013

Baked Caprese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: 4 (side dishes) 2 (main entree)

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. Mini San Marzano Tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 mini fresh mozzarella balls, quartered (1/2 cup)
  • 10 basil leaves, thinly sliced and divided
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. While the broiler is preheat, slice the mini san marzano tomatoes in half. Toss with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add to an oven safe casserole dish. Broil for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the broiled tomatoes from the oven, mix tomatoes, then add in the 1/2 cup of fresh mozzarella. Broil for 2 minutes.
  4. While tomato/mozzarella mixture is under the broiler mix 1 tablespoon melted butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add panko bread crumbs and set to the side.
  5. Remove tomato/mozzarella mixture from the oven, add half the fresh basil to the dish, then top with panko bread crumbs. Top with 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese. Broil an additional 1-2 minutes until panko topping is golden brown. Before serving, sprinkle the remaining basil on top of the casserole.
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38 Responses to “Baked Caprese”

  1. steph@stephsbitebybite posted on June 11, 2013 at 8:39 am (#)

    This looks incredible!!! I want it right now

    • Katie replied on June 11th, 2013 at 11:01 am

      I want it right now, too! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on June 11, 2013 at 8:59 am (#)

    Whoa! A showstopper! What a beautiful dish!

    • Katie replied on June 11th, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Katrina!

  3. Paula@SweetPea posted on June 11, 2013 at 9:32 am (#)

    This looks incredible! I’m printing it out, pinning it, and I’ll share it on my FB page later today.

    • Katie replied on June 11th, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Awe thanks Paula. Seriously, this makes for a great meal whether you serve it as a side dish or a main dish!

  4. Christine (Cook the Story) posted on June 11, 2013 at 10:09 am (#)

    This sounds so delicious. Anything caprese makes me drool. If the cheese is melted, all the better!

    • Katie replied on June 11th, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Christine, I couldn’t agree more!!!

  5. danielle posted on June 11, 2013 at 10:20 am (#)

    Bookmarked this one – it looks/sounds amazing.

    • Katie replied on June 11th, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Thanks Danielle!

      • danielle replied on June 15th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

        I wanted to let you know I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

        • Katie replied on June 15th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

          Thanks Danielle!

  6. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted on June 11, 2013 at 11:03 am (#)

    This recipe is great! So glad to see you again this past weekend!

  7. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) posted on June 11, 2013 at 11:24 am (#)

    I looove caprese. I’ve never thought to try it warm!

  8. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough posted on June 11, 2013 at 11:40 am (#)

    BAKED caprese?? I WANT.

  9. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm (#)

    OMG I love caprese and this baked version looks SO cheesy and warm and gooey and MMM!

  10. Crystal posted on June 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm (#)

    This looks SO good! What a great idea! I love anything caprese. Those flavors just go together so well.

  11. Katerina posted on June 12, 2013 at 2:28 am (#)

    Caprese salad is an all time classic one and this casserole is a very smart tweak!

  12. Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted on June 12, 2013 at 10:57 am (#)

    GENIUS! You just cannot beat the classic caprese combo, especially in summertime. I love the idea of turning it inot a warm, oozy bake. So simple, yet perfect. Great idea Katie!

    • Katie replied on June 14th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks Erin!

  13. Joanne posted on June 13, 2013 at 6:34 am (#)

    I love regular caprese but I love melted cheese more. Turning it into a casserole is such a genius idea! I just want to dive into this.

    • Katie replied on June 14th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Joanne, I’m not sure which I love more now. The cold variety or the baked!!!

  14. addie | culicurious posted on June 13, 2013 at 7:16 am (#)

    Looks delicious, Katie! Great idea :)

  15. ashley - baker by nature posted on June 13, 2013 at 7:16 am (#)

    Caprese casserole?! OMG yes. I could eat the entire pan!

    • Katie replied on June 14th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Ashley, I pretty much did! It’s so good! I’m making it this weekend for father’s day!

  16. Claire @ A Little Claireification posted on June 13, 2013 at 10:23 am (#)

    Oh wow – this looks DELICIOUS!! See you at FlBlogCon!! Yay!

    • Katie replied on June 14th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Claire! See you in a few short months!

  17. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on June 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm (#)

    What an awesome idea–I love this!

    • Katie replied on June 14th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Kiersten!

  18. Maegan @ The BakerMama posted on June 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm (#)

    This looks amazing! I’m actually going to make it as an appetizer for a homemade pizza party we are hosting this weekend!

    • Katie replied on June 14th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Meagan this dish is going to be the hit of the party! I could totally see people scooping up the baked caprese and placing it on toasted italian bread! mmmmm!

  19. CJ Huang posted on June 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm (#)

    Looks great – never thought to try it baked. All that melty cheese! :)

  20. Jocelyn@BruCrew Life posted on June 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm (#)

    What a great idea! This looks divine!!

    • Katie replied on June 17th, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Jocelyn!

  21. Sarah posted on June 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness, droool!

  22. Nutmeg Nanny posted on June 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm (#)

    Oh my! This is beautiful :) I love caprese!

    • Katie replied on June 20th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks Brandy!

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