Tomato Carpaccio

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WHAT'S SPECIAL
The concept of Tomato Carpaccio, while inspired by the traditional Italian dish Beef Carpaccio, is a modern culinary creation that celebrates the fresh, vibrant flavors of tomatoes. Tomato Carpaccio transforms simple tomatoes into an elegant, gourmet dish.

Tomato Carpaccio

Tomato Carpaccio is a refreshing and visually stunning dish that showcases the natural beauty and flavor of ripe tomatoes. This simple yet sophisticated recipe is perfect for summer gatherings or as a light appetizer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Sharp knife
  • cutting board
  • mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • Serving plate

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes (ripe -red and yellow)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil (125 ml)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup basil leaves (4 tbsp -fresh -thinly sliced)
  • olives (optional for garnish -sliced)
  • parmigiano reggiano cheese (optional, for garnish -shaved)
  • capers (optional, for garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the Tomatoes: Using a sharp knife, slice the tomatoes as thinly as possible and arrange them in a single layer on a serving plate.
  • Make the Dressing: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Dress the Tomatoes: Drizzle the dressing evenly over the sliced tomatoes. Ensure each slice receives some of the dressing.
  • Add the Garnishes: Scatter the sliced fresh basil leaves over the tomatoes. Add the shaved Parmesan cheese evenly across the top. If using, sprinkle capers or olives as an additional garnish.
  • Serve: Allow the dressed tomatoes to sit for a few minutes for the flavors to meld together before serving.

Notes

  • Choose the best quality tomatoes you can find, as they are the star of this dish. Heirloom varieties offer a range of flavors and colors that can make the dish even more visually appealing.
  • For a more dynamic flavor profile, consider using a mixture of balsamic glaze and vinegar. The glaze adds a sweet depth that complements the tomatoes beautifully.
  • This dish is best served fresh but can be prepared a few hours in advance. If doing so, cover and refrigerate, then bring to room temperature before serving.
  • Use on of these dressings: Balsamic Vinaigrette or Italian Dressing or Lemon Basil Vinaigrette.
Keyword Carpaccio, Heirloom tomato, Quick & Easy, Summer

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