Caprese Stacks with Grilled Honey Balsamic Potatoes

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My family’s favorite quick and easy summer salad is a fresh caprese salad.

Made with perfectly ripened tomatoes from our garden or a local farmers market, pungent basil snipped from our herb garden just outside the back door, soft fresh mozzarella, and a drizzle of olive oil and irresistible balsamic vinegar…and, wow, we’re quite the smitten bunch. And I just love that it’s a dish that our young girls ask to help out with in the kitchen.

So when Galbani® asked me to create a fresh new caprese recipe using their Mozzarella Fresca, for their summer Caprese Challenge…my caprese-loving family said, “Do it!”

I do hope you’ll hop on over to the 2013 Galbani Caprese Challenge to vote for my recipe! Thank you so much!

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These Caprese Stacks with Grilled Honey Balsamic Potatoes promise to be the hit at your next summer get together. Just the sight of them, stacked with layers of gorgeous color and texture, makes your eyes do a double-take.

Caprese Stacks with Grilled Honey Balsamic Potatoes - www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com

Blake and I especially loved the flavor and texture that the grilled red potatoes brought to this classic salad. Tender on the inside and perfectly charred on the outside, with a sweet and tangy bite, they are a sublime addition to the caprese.

And our girls loved…well, they just plain loved it all! From the melt-in-your mouth Galbani Fresh Mozzarella, to the flavorful potatoes and sweet tomatoes, smeared with garlicky pesto and drizzled with a rich syrupy balsamic glaze, they were completely sold.

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Galbani sent me a variety of their fresh mozzarella to enjoy with my family. Their cheese is crafted from cow’s milk right here in the United States, using Egido Galbani’s original secret family recipe, a tradition that started in Italy over 125 years ago. Recently listed by the editors of Saveur Magazine as one of their favorite fresh mozzarellas, we found it to be delightful as well. It’s soft and moist, with a mild and delicate taste.

We enjoyed Galbani Fresh Mozzarella melted on homemade pizza, folded into fluffy scrambled eggs with fresh herbs, and layered in grilled sandwiches for an ooey gooey lunch. It was the star of a great pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, and the marinated ciliegine (little balls of mozzarella) were oh so fun to pop in our mouths as we waited for our meal to come off the grill one evening.

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And now it’s time for you to vote!

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Please head over to the 2013 Galbani Caprese Challenge to vote for my Caprese Stacks with Grilled Honey Balsamic Potatoes. Be sure to vote often for your chance to win weekly prizes and a GRAND PRIZE OF $500!

I would greatly appreciate your vote, THANK YOU so much!

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Caprese Stacks with Grilled Honey Balsamic Potatoes

Yield: 6 caprese stacks

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 medium-large red potatoes (leave skins on)
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. basil pesto
  • 1 7-oz. container Galbani® Mozzarella Fresca™ Medallions (OR substitute 12 slices from Galbani® Mozzarella Fresca™ 12-oz. Pre-Sliced Log OR slice your own from Galbani® Mozzarella Fresca™ 16-oz. Log)
  • 3 large Roma tomatoes, sliced into 1/4'' rounds
  • 1/2 c. balsamic glaze OR homemade sweet balsamic reduction (instructions included below)
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional

Preparation

Boil potatoes just until tender throughout, about 12 minutes or so. Drain and let cool for 20 to 30 minutes. Slice potatoes into 1/4'' rounds. You will need 18 rounds for this recipe.

Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray. You could also use an outdoor grill for this part, using the same medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, whisk together honey and balsamic vinegar. Dip potato rounds into honey balsamic mixture and place on hot grill pan. Sprinkle potatoes with a bit of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until potatoes have beautiful golden grill marks. Then flip the potatoes and grill for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden grill marks are achieved again. Remove grill pan from heat.

To assemble, place a grilled potato round on a small plate (for individual servings) or a large platter (for serving family style). Top with a rounded teaspoon, more or less to taste, of pesto, spreading it out across the potato round. Place a mozzarella medallion on top of the the pesto, followed by a tomato slice. Repeat the stacking with another layer...potato, pesto, mozzarella, tomato. And then top with a third grilled potato slice and a bit of pesto. Press a skewer or pick (mine were about 4'' long) down through the center of the stack to stabilize. Drizzle a bit of balsamic glaze over the top, letting it run down the sides of the caprese stack. If desired, top with a basil leaf for garnish, and sprinkle with additional salt and pepper.

Serve at room temperature.

Note: I used a balsamic glaze that I found at the grocery store. But you can substitute with a simple homemade sweet balsamic reduction. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup balsamic vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat to medium/medium-high and cook until the vinegar is thickened (like a thin maple syrup), about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of honey. Let cool completely. The glaze will thicken a bit more as it cools. This glaze can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, just let it come to room temperature while you prepare the caprese stacks.

Source

from a farmgirl's dabbles

 

Please look for Galbani Fresh Mozzarella in the specialty cheese section. Check out their store locator at www.GalbaniCheese.com to find the grocery store nearest you.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Galbani and Blogher. All opinions expressed are my own. To read the full disclosure of this site, please go here

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36 Responses to “Caprese Stacks with Grilled Honey Balsamic Potatoes”

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    Paula - bell'alimento — July 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Brenda this was such a fun challenge to be a part of! I love your stacks!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Caprese is one of my favorite salads and I love your stacked presentation!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

    These stacks are gorgeous!!! Love that you incorporated pesto and potatoes!!

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    Mary Clay Kline @ Cooking with the King — July 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Looks beautiful! So innovative. Love caprese! I’ll have to try that super soon!

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    Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — July 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    So pretty, Brenda. I bet the flavor is out of this world, too!

    Happy 4th week!

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    Donna — July 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Sounds so good and looks so pretty Brenda! I voted for you! I hope you win!

    • Brenda replied on July 2nd, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Awwww…thanks so much, Donna! Wishing you a very happy and safe 4th!

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    Marie Angelique — July 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Caprese is my favorite salad in the world and I especially love it in the summer. Love the addition of the potatoes.

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    Amy Tong — July 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Great recipe. I just voted for you. Best of luck in the contest.

    • Brenda replied on July 2nd, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Much appreciated, Amy!!

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    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — July 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Yum! There are so many yummy recipes in this challenge!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Amazing! I love the idea of a Caprese with potatoes. Good luck in the contest!

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    Aggie — July 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    There is nothing quite like a caprese salad in the summer! These stacks are beautiful, love the addition of grilled potatoes!

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    Gera @ Food WP Themes — July 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    No doubt that Caprese is one of my preferred salads and this stack is adorable.

    Brenda it’s impossible for me to not be hungry, mentioning mozzarella and pesto :)

    Cheers,

    Gera

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    Paula — July 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Gorgeous!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Love these!

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    Wendy — July 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    What a great looking salad. The potatoes and pesto have to send this dish over the edge when it comes to taste. Will head over to the site to vote for your dish. The presentation alone is a winner! Have a great 4th with your lovely family!

    • Brenda replied on July 2nd, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Wendy! And a safe and happy 4th to you!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 2, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Mmm love this! Looks fancy AND delicious!

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    Amanda — July 2, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Wowzers! Those look amazing!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 2, 2013 at 9:04 am

    This is so creative and so delicious!

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    Shaina — July 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I love the addition of those gorgeous grilled potatoes.

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — July 2, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Mmm, I love everything about these!

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    Angie — July 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Love these, can’t wait to try!

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    Deborah — July 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Love these!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Those stacks are gorgeous and look delicious! Those honey balsamic potatoes are dreamy!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — July 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    The addition of grilled potatoes to caprese is brilliant.

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    Kelly — July 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

    one word: YUM!

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    Gerald — December 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

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    Tammy — January 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I have tried to print this recipe for Grilled Honey Balsamic Potato Caprese 4 times – on 2 different computer – and all of them have come out like gibberish. As anyone else complained about this? Could you please send me a full recipe with the text? Thank you. Tammy

    • Brenda replied on January 8th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      I’m not sure what to tell you, Tammy. I am not having any trouble printing this recipe. I have copied the recipe into an email and just sent it to you. Hope that helps!

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