Simple day: Tomato, brie salad

Some days, I’m lazy.  Well, energy efficient as I call it.  Has that ever happened to you?

The biggest challenge is that even when I’m lazy, I still want great food.  So what can we do?  This is where it’s key to know simple recipes, things like salads that can be thrown together.  This is one of those ‘recipes’.

All you need for this recipe is a fresh tomato, basil, a soft cheese, and balsamic vinegar.  I put a cracker on the bottom for a little bit of texture, but you certainly don’t have to.  However, we do have to have a quick talk about quality.

The price of simplicity is that we can’t hide anything.  An under-ripe tomato or bruise basil will ruin this dish!   Because of this it’s really worth spending a little more for quality ingredients.  Of course, yu don’t need to go crazy.

For example, this balsamic is $40!  If you want to spend that much feel free, but I got mine for $3.99.  The only two things to watch out for are that the the balsamic doesn’t have any caramel (check the ingredients) and that it is PGI.  What’s PGI?

It basically means that it comes from the part of Italy that it is supposed to come from.  So, on to the actual recipe!

First, slice the tomato.  Not paper thin, not super thick, just about 1/4 inch thick is perfect.  Next, cut a similar slice of cheese, whether it’s mozzarella, brie, or some other soft cheese.  Next, pick a small basil leaf, and start stacking.

Slice of tomato, piece of basil, piece of cheese, and just a drizzle of balsamic finishes it.  Simple, but delicious.  Give it a try the next time you’re having a lazy day, and enjoy!



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