Monday, July 26, 2010

Totally Cool Tres Colores

Summer is the best time to kick off your crusade into the culinary world.  Why? Because it's hot and people want to eat cool dishes.  And how do you make most cool dishes?  Without an ounce of "cooking."  So, you can begin your life in the kitchen without the worry of burning the onions, under-cooking the chicken, or ruining the rice.  There are so many summer meals that only require assembly but still manage to impress the crowds.

My favorite no-cook summer dish is an appetizer that, being a single 20-something, ends up often being my main course.  If you're feeling fancy you can call it tres colores.  If you're not, you can just call it avocado, mozzarella, and roasted red peppers.  Personally, I'm feeling a bit fancy so today it'll be tres colores.

All you need is:

FRESH mozzarella - either a ovolini (the large ball) or bocconcini (the little balls)
1 jar of roasted red peppers
1 ripe avocado
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Italian herbs (optional... fresh is best)

Remove the roasted red pepper from the jar and pat it dry just a bit.  Cut up the avocado, mozzarella, and pepper into bite-sized pieces that are as similar in size as you can get.  Arrange them on a plate like you see above.  Salt and pepper liberally and sprinkle fresh herbs.  Drizzle with olive oil and serve with plenty of tooth picks!


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