Caprese. Upon the mere mentioning of the word, mouths begin to water. It is a twentieth century dish, yet in those decades are a rich history and heritage that accompany this delicacy. Caprese, or Insalata Caprese (Caprese Salad), literally means “salad of capri”.
Capri, an island close to Naples, and its natives are to thank for this wonderfully tasty dish. Most accounts state that island chefs created the dish as a result of a discerning palate from royals visiting the island on holiday or other important individuals.
The colours of the dish never go unnoticed – it is an incredibly overt display of Italian patriotism. The Italian flag, red, white, and green, is represented on this dish with red tomato, white mozzarella, and a sharp brilliant green basil.
Used as a starter or as a pizza topping, caprese is incredibly flexible. The best tomato to use in my opinion is the beef tomato. Mozzarella? Definitely go for buffalo. And always remember to handpick your basil, never use a knife. Don’t use balsamic vinegar – if you want an authentic approach to caprese, that is.
Perhaps use a bit of olive oil for a drizzle, and a simple sprinkling of salt and pepper to give the caprese more depth and flavour.
Baked Chicken Caprese Starter Plate
Here we have a chicken caprese starter plate. These are very easy to make and they will please both sophisticated and simple eaters alike. The tenderness of the golden brown chicken. The creaminess of the mozzarella. The juiciness of the tomato. The pack of the punch of the basil – they all amount to an appetiser that is worthy of being served at the beginning of a great meal.
Here’s what you have to do:
Dredge chicken breast pieces in flour.
Brown them for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Pre-heat the broiler.
Top chicken with a slice of tomato, mozzarella, and basil.
Broil for five to ten minutes.
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All the flavour of caprese packed in a starter-sized portion that will please you and your guests with its simplicity in texture and complexity of taste.
- Flour for dredging
- 3-4 chicken breast pieces, flattened to bite-size portions
- 4 beefsteak tomato slices
- 4 basil leaves
- 4 slices mozzarella
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- Dredge flattened chicken breast pieces in seasoned flour.
- Brown chicken for 3 to 4 minutes on each side and pre-heat the broiler.
- Top chicken with a slice of tomato, mozzarella, and basil.
- Broil for five to ten minutes.
- Serve in a white wine reduction sauce or as-is.