Recipe Redux – Deconstructed Basil-Mozzarella-Pesto-and French Bread
I was excited about this month’s Recipe Redux because I find that I use my mason jars for tons of things that revolve around the storage of something in my freezer. The life of the mason jar is basically not that SEXY! The sexiest it gets is when I stick herbs from my garden in it and place it on my kitchen counter — I just think this looks so pretty!
So, I pondered what I should do this month. The first thought that came to mind was putting my killer homemade granola in it with some yogurt and berries. That would be very pretty. But, then suddenly, it struck me. I would blog about my Deconstructed Pesto-Basil-Mozzarella-Tomato presentation as my creative and SEXY outlet for the mason jar. I came across this presentation by pure laziness one night. My sister was here and I was going to serve up little sandwiches but just did not feel like putting it together so I just put all the pieces on the table and let the guests go at it. And it was so fun. Then, I did it again for some other neighborhood friends and they loved it as well.
This is so simple but fun for company. I basically just put out all the pieces to making the Pesto-Basil-Mozzarella-Tomato French bread concoction out the table and let people do the construction. I cut the basil just minutes before serving….wash….dry….and then stick on the mason jar. Everyone picks their own. Kids LOVE it!! It can also be educational for them to see how basil grows.
The ingredients are below and how much you buy really depends on how much you think your guests will eat.
1 French Bread roll (if I have a small crowd, I either use the leftovers for French Toast or I make croutons)
2 packages of buffalo mozzarella (get the pre-cut slices). Each package comes with about 8 slices. I get two so there is no chance that I may run out since buffalo mozzarella is so darned yummy. The leftovers can be used for sandwiches.
1 bowl of homemade pesto sauce (or store bought is fine)
1 bunch of basil – fresh cut or store bought (don’t cut the stems too short. In my picture they are too short. The basil looks prettier if it is tall)
1 side dish of coarse cut sea salt
3-4 vine ripened tomatoes (I like this kind because it fits the size of the bread very nicely)
Find a pretty serving dish and get creative!! I am not super creative so hopefully, you can come up with something better than this. But, the concept is fun and it works!!
(Please excuse the wet and raining day for the pixs!)