Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Hot Caprese Salad

Happy World Art Day!

 

I’m not really good at painting or drawing, but I love looking at someone else’s work. My dinner buddy loves drawing and art, so our first date was to a museum in LA. At that time, there was a special exhibition for Tim Burton’s work, and we both love Disney, so it was such a memorable day. 

 

Several years later, we had a chance to visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. It was raining on a cold day in January, but there was a loooong line to get in, so I was afraid my dinner buddy would say “hey, let’s go back to the hotel.” But surprisingly enough, I heard a few whining but finally got inside after waiting in the line outside for 2 hours. 

 

All the collections were amazing. I admired not only paintings but sculptures, architects, crafts…Seriously, it wasn’t enough for just a single day even if we tried walking fast to get to cover everything. I think we couldn’t cover it all, so the Louvre Museum is the one I really want to visit again. 

 

Now, as I’m being a boss in my own kitchen, I always wonder how I could turn an empty plate with food that encourages people to feel “wow” and their appetite at the same time. Sometimes it gives me a headache about what to cook and how I can make a great presentation with it, and I remembered one of my blogger friends told me a yummy recipe. The ingredients seemed so easy and while I was reading her explanation of how to make it, I was drooling and I knew I’d cook it ASAP! I just needed to try the new ingredients in my kitchen: mozzarella balls in brine and fortunately I found them in my local grocery. 

 

Please, everyone came across today’s post of mine, do give it a try and be an artist today! 

 

Ready to check the recipe? Let’s cook!   

 

​​<Today’s Recipe>

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Hot Caprese Salad

hot caprese salad

<Ingredients>

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<Directions>

  1. Preheat an oven to 400°F
  2. Spread parchment sheet on baking pan and line tomatoes. Roast them in the oven for about 15 min.
  3. While tomatoes are roasted, cook eggplant. Pour olive oil in a pan and bring it to medium high heat. Place eggplant and cook until it’s perfectly cooked with a little char mark.
  4. Make balsamic glaze. Pour balsamic vinegar in a pan and bring it to medium high heat. When the amount is reduced to 2/3, remove from heat and let it sit to cool.
  5. Make layers with eggplant, roasted tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil.
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper, and drizzle balsamic glaze. Decorate with carrots. Enjoy!

 

<Cooking Tips>

I cooked eggplant and tomato in different ways because eggplants are perfectly juicy with a little char mark when it’s pan-fried. And it’s so much quicker than roasting them in the oven. For tomatoes, they’re juicy and I was afraid of it sticking to the pan so that I can’t keep the perfectly round shape of tomatoes. If you have non-stick pans, you can probably cook tomatoes with a pan too. 

hot caprese salad

That was fantastic!! Not only did the presentation come out so great, the food tasted absolutely amazing with just simple ingredients and cooking methods. I had never used mozzarella balls in brine for some stupid reason(I thought the brine takes all the yummy umami of mozzarella cheese when they’re soaked in it!! A big lol lol) but it’s going to be my regular item to enjoy this yummy food again, or explore for more!

Thank you Livia from STEAMING CAULDRONS for great inspiration!

 

As April is being National Garlic Month and Next Tuesday is National Garlic Day, I’ll be sharing flavorful garlic bread that I paired with this food next Monday, so that you can prepare both 2 on Tuesday to celebrate it, so please stay tuned!  

 

Now, let’s be an artist on this World Art Day, all! Have a great artistic weekend, everyone!

<Other Artistic Plate Promised Food>

Colorful ingredients are the key to success! Tostada Taco Salad

egglife tostada tacos salad

Vegan friendly! Grilled Vegetable Tower

grilled veg tower

Who’s Italian food lover here!? Eggplant Parmesan

eggplant parmesan

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

23 Comments Add yours

  1. dolphinwrite says:

    Very nice presentations.

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you dear! Happy Friday🥂✨ (And weekend, if you live in a different timezone🎉)

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  2. M. Lee Keena says:

    You are an artist! Your canvas is the plate and the palate 🙂 The photos are great by the way and really though, cooks really are artists, just like writers, musicians, actors and even accountants.

    That is so cool that you have been to the Louvre. I want to go someday.

    Happy Friday!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Aww thank you Michelle!😍 Yes hopefully you get a chance to visit Louvre, I’m sure you’ll end up going there several days in a row😜 so make sure you get the fancy pass👍

      Happy Friday to you too😘🥂💕

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  3. johnrieber says:

    You always share such terrific, inspiring recipes…unique in their ingredients and presentation as well…delicious!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Yay thank you John!😊✨ Happy Friday, have a great weekend🥂💕

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  4. Livia says:

    Ohhh, I see you bought the mozzarella balls 🤩 and I’m very happy to read that you liked them. It’s a whole different thing, right? 🤩
    That salad really looks amazing! 🤩🥇
    You’re most welcome for the inspiration 🙏😍 It’s a pleasure to read that I could inspire you!
    The roasted tomatoes are a very delicious and interesting idea, too.
    Maybe I’ll try them in my next eggplant-mozzarella-creation, too! 🤩

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Aww thank you Livia! Yes I finally tried it and loved it! Thank you again for such an amazing food inspiration❤️ I think this will be my regular item😂🙌💕

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  5. Eggplant is sooooo good! There’s a vegan mozzarella from a brand called Miyoko’s, and I think I would be able to use it perfectly in this recipe 😊 Thanks for the inspiration! Also, I went to the Louvre when I was only 16. I want to go back, too!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Ah I think I’ve heard of Miyoko brand! Haven’t have a chance to try it just yet…a lot of vegan friends told me vegan cheese are so hard to find good one(and I agree…) Is the one from Miyoko’s good?

      And yes, let’s cross fingers for that we can someday go back to Louvre❤️

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      1. It really is hard to find good vegan cheese, but Miyoko’s is the best so far 🙂 The mozz is pretty good when it’s melted, and the different flavored cheese wheels are good cold, too 😊 Miyoko is the brand I always recommend to anyone looking for plant based alternatives, because most other brands I try are not that good haha

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Yeah that’s true! I tried vegan cream cheese a few days ago, and well, the taste wasn’t that bad but the bottom of it was empty😂 I wonder if the net amount was really that much😮‍💨

        I also heard Kite Hill is also good. Have you tried that one too?👀✨

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      3. Kite Hill is alright, I use their ricotta, but I feel like it’s lacking overall in flavor. My favorite plant based cream cheese is called Treeline, I think it’s so good! I know Miyoko has cream cheese, but I can never find it where I live, so I’m not sure how it tastes.

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      4. Tanooki says:

        Oh Ok! Wow you tried a lot of vegan cheese🤩 And I know, even though plant based products are expanding, it still is difficult to have a variety of them always available😖

        Will try Miyoko’s for sure! Thank you for letting me know😘

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      5. I’ve been vegan almost 6 years now so I’ve been through it all haha I’m always waiting for the next vegan cheese to hit the market which will hopefully taste better!
        And yes, if you can find Miyoko’s garlic herb cheese, I think that’s my favorite 😊

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      6. Tanooki says:

        Sounds lovely😍 I’ll definitely give it a try as soon as I found Miyoko’s garlic herb cheese👀👍💕

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  6. Dee Min says:

    I think I’ll make this. Looks scrumptious

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Dee!
      Yes please do! It’s so easy but amazing for your eyes and tastebuds😁👍💕

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      1. Dee Min says:

        I most certainly will Tanooki 😊

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  7. Dee Min says:

    Btw your art is displayed on your plates 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Aww thank you dear❤️

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