This recipe features strawberries dressed in a combo of honey and a balsamic vinegar reduction, then roasted in the oven. Roasting brings out a rich, sweet flavor to the strawberries and this pairs perfectly with melted fresh mozzarella cheese on toasted crusty bread.
Strawberry and Mozzarella Toast
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- ¾ cup good quality balsamic vinegar
- 1 lb strawberries cleaned, hulled and cut in half
- ¾ tsp honey
- 2 tsp balsamic reduction
- 8 slices of ciabatta or baguette
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
- Fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Over medium heat, add balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Heat until vinegar boils, then reduce heat a simmer. Stir occasionally to avoid scorching. Simmer for 10-13 minutes, until vinegar has reduced by at least half and consistency is that of syrup. Set aside.
- Place prepared strawberries in a large bowl. Add honey and 2 tablespoons of prepared balsamic reduction to strawberries and mix to combine ingredients.
- Transfer berries to a parchment lined baking sheet. Arrange in an even layer. Bake berries for 25-30 minutes. When done, set aside and allow to cool slightly.