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Joint Custody Peach Caprese

My husband is such a good man. I was feeling incredibly tired today so he offered to cook dinner. He’s a great cook, so the him-cooking part isn’t particularly noteworthy, it’s just that that’s usually my job… He brings home most of the bacon and I fry it up. I’m also the one who comes up with all of the meal ideas so it tends to be difficult for me to tell him what I had in mind without sounding like he’s the sous to my Chef.
But tonight I had a vision of a Caprese salad made with peaches and I just couldn’t bring myself to get in there and do it myself. So I had to talk it out with him from the couch as he was in the kitchen being so patient attempting to paint my picture. This salad came out beautifully and I will definitely do it again, or should I say ‘order’ one again… It was so simple, with not a thing to cook – exactly what this hot day called for. We served ours tonight with a whole grain mustard-crusted chicken breast, but it would be a great appetizer, light lunch or I’m even thinking of putting everything in smaller versions on a stick and serving them as hors d’oeuvres at my next cocktail party.
This ‘recipe’ seems so silly to actually write out, because it’s basically slicing a couple of things and arranging it on a plate but I do encourage you to try it…and to also blur your eyes a bit when you look at the picture so it looks a tad better, (that was my only job of the night and I screwed it up)

*Joint Custody
Peach Caprese
-Slice in half some ripe, but still firm peaches. Remove pit. Cut each half into fairly thick slices, just as you would a tomato. Set aside.
-Slice equal amounts of fresh mozzarella into slices with the same thickness. Set aside.
-Pick the prettiest fresh basil leaves from your plant and set aside.
-Pick the same amount of fresh tarragon leaves and chiffonade. Set aside.
-Assemble salad by alternating 1 peach slice, 1 mozzarella slice, and a basil leaf or two on your plate. Repeat as many times as you’d like.
-Sprinkle the salad with the tarragon.
-Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
-Eat quickly.
-Order more.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Chef E July 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Cute title and great idea for a caprese salad!

  • Reply Everyday Champagne July 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks, Chef!

  • Reply Linda www.mykindofcooking.com July 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Wonderful salad! I like your idea about putting it on a skewer. I do cooking demonstrations at the Iowa state Fair. A couple of years ago they had a "Salad on a Stick". It was a big hit but I think people would like your salad more.

  • Reply Velva July 16, 2010 at 1:18 am

    What a creative way to use peaches. I love caprese salad and make it often in the Summer. Who would of thought peaches? I learn something new everyday-awesome!

  • Reply Tinky July 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Slicing and arranging a couple of things is PRECISELY my idea of a great recipe–especially in this weather! Yummy.

  • Reply Everyday Champagne July 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you ladies!
    Linda- I think everyone like anything on a stick! Skewered appetizers are always a hit at parties.
    Velva-The peaches really go so well with the fresh mozz, it's a great substitution for when you're tired of all those tomatoes.
    Tinky-it was definitely perfect for this steamy weather!

  • Reply Lori Lynn July 19, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Very interesting twist on the classic recipe. Refreshing! I bet it tasted great. Very summery.
    LL

  • Reply Everyday Champagne July 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks Lori! It was very yummy, indeed!-with a much softer, rounder flavor than the classic. I'll be doing it again, for sure.

  • Reply Terrianne, Call me Ree August 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Well it's beautiful. You do great work…directing your husband from the couch. LOL.

    Seriously, he did a great job, too.

    You make a wonderful team.

  • Reply Everyday Champagne August 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks Ree! I guess I'm pretty lucky that I have a husband who actually knows his way around the kitchen! (and and take direction!:)

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