M akes abo ut 3 d o z e n h o rs d ’ o e u v r es; se r v es 1 0 to 1 2

1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella, cut
into tiny dice (to yield about
11/4 cups)
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh
basil leaves
1/2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
(from about 1/4 lemon)
Kosher salt and freshly ground
black pepper
1 pint (about 18) cherry
tomatoes, rinsed and stems

This is a spin-off of the classic tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad called
Insalata Caprese.

  1. In a medium bowl, stir the cheese, oil, basil, zest, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp.
    pepper. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours before assembling.
  2. When ready to assemble, slice each tomato in half (either direction is all
    right) and scoop out the insides with the small end of a melon baller or a
    teaspoon. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Invert onto a paper towel and let the
    tomatoes drain for 15 minutes.
  3. Fill each tomato half with a scant teaspoon of the cheese mixture and
    arrange on a serving tray. Serve immediately as an hors d’oeuvre, or wrap and
    refrigerate for up to 2 hours. —Jessica Bard

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