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 Smoky Caprese Bread Bowl

Healthy Fact of the Day

The Caprese salad, featuring tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, is said to have originated on the Italian island of Capri. The colors of the salad – red, white, and green – also represent the colors of the Italian flag, making it a patriotic and delicious dish!

Ingredients

 

  • 1 large round bread loaf (sourdough or Italian)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Balsamic glaze for drizzling

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Using a serrated knife, carefully cut a circle on top of the bread loaf, about 1 inch from the edge. Remove the top and hollow out the inside of the loaf, leaving a 1-inch wall. Reserve the bread chunks for dipping.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the halved cherry tomatoes, cubed mozzarella, torn basil leaves, olive oil, minced garlic, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Toss gently to coat the ingredients evenly.
  5. Spoon the tomato and mozzarella mixture into the hollowed-out bread loaf, pressing gently to fill the space.
  6. Replace the reserved bread top on the loaf and wrap the entire bread bowl in aluminum foil.
  7. Place the wrapped bread bowl on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the loaf is warmed through.
  8. Unwrap the bread bowl and place it on a serving platter. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve immediately, accompanied by the reserved bread chunks for dipping.

 

Gather your friends and family around this smoky Caprese bread bowl, a rustic Italian feast nestled in a cozy loaf, and let the aroma of melted mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, and fragrant basil transport you to the sun-drenched hills of Tuscany with every heavenly bite!

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