Emeril's Kicked Up Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Salad


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This salad is much like a caprese salad, but baked for a melted twist.

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  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 8 slices round mozzarella cheese, about 1/4 inch thick
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • salt

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Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut the top off the tomatoes and spoon out the innards. 3. Sprinkle each tomato with salt and turn upside down on a wire rack. Let sit for 20 to 25 minutes to get rid of a lot of the juices. Place two basil leaves at the bottom of each tomato then one slice of cheese, sprinkle with pepper and repeat. Place tomatoes in a square baking dish and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted to the point you would like it.

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