Caprese is the classic Italian combination of basil, mozzarella, and tomato. These three foods not only taste delicious together, but they also represent the three colors of the Italian flag.
For the simplest of starters, sides or salads, simply layer fresh basil leaves, sliced tomatoes, and sliced fresh mozzarella on a plate. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and top with salt and cracked pepper as desired. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar would also be tasty.
The caprese theme hold endless possibilities:
For more of an entree, place the magnificent trio if ingredients over a big, leafy salad.
Layer them on a roll, baguette, or pita for a nice sandwich.
Caprese would also make a magnificent pizza topping. You could try tossing warm pasta with the mozzarella, bake until the cheese has a chance to melt, then top with diced tomatoes and basil.
An Italian take on Spanish rice could be fun: cook rice with tomato paste or pureed fresh tomatoes, season with Italian seasonings, then garnish with melted cheese, diced fresh tomatoes and sliced basil leaves.
How about a caprese omelette? or frittata? or quiche?
Baguette slices can be toasted with cheese, then chopped tomatoes tossed with olive oil and basil can be served as a topping or dip.