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Tomato Basil Leather Caprese Bites {Made with Sunshine}

by evh on September 23, 2015

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Tomato Basil Leather Caprese Bites ~ You may or may not remember but I have been tinkering around with a solar oven these last few weeks. When I first came across the oven I was reminded of a project I did a few years ago –– sun drying tomatoes in my car. My neighbors all thought I had gone crazy having a cookie sheet of tomatoes sitting in my windshield and my car smelled like a tomato plant for months after but the result was delicious. The biggest problem –– besides tomatoes rolling back and forth while I had to cart the kiddos around town –– was that it took almost 3 days to get the results that I wanted. You know I was eager to try this with my cool new Solavore oven and I quickly wanted to get to the task, but something else happened. I wanted to make fruit leathers too and with tomatoes fading out of season … why not combine these ideas into one? That is how these solar cooked Tomato Basil Leather Caprese Bites came to be. The fruit (tomatoes are a fruit after all) leather is so intensely flavor packed, but in a good way then layered with some soft fresh mozzarella cheese –– I think I have just found my new favorite snack.

Tomato Basil Leather Caprese Bites | LocalSavour.comThe end of summer flavor is so wonderfully concentrated into these little strips.

Tomato Basil Leather Caprese Bites

Puree, cook, spread out thinly, bake with sunshine, then cool and cut into strips.

Tomato Basil Leather Caprese Bites | LocalSavour.com

Intertwine the Tomato Basil Leather around some fresh mozzarella cheese and you have one heck of a Caprese on a stick = yum!

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Tomato Basil Leather Caprese Bites {Made with Sunshine}
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Servings Prep Time
8 -10 1" strips 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 -10 1" strips 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Tomato Basil Leather Caprese Bites {Made with Sunshine}
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
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Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 -10 1" strips 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 -10 1" strips 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh tomatoes I used a mixture of sun golds & grape
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 18-20 small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese
Servings: -10 1" strips
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Instructions
  1. Chop tomatoes if needed and place all of the ingredients (except the cheese) into a blender and pulse until well combined –– about 45 seconds. Pour tomato mixture into a colander or strainer. Press firmly down onto the tomato mixture to drain off as mush liquid as possible. Let drain for a good 10 minutes or until most of the water has been removed.
  2. Cover a half sheet pan with tin foil and pour tomato mixture out onto the pan. Spread out evenly onto the tinfoil. Place into your solar oven and let cook for 5-6 hours or until firm and cooked through.
  3. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan. Take foil out of the pan then using a flat spatula push the edges of the leather off of the foil. Gently peel back the leather until it is completely removed from foil. Lay out flat onto a piece of parchment paper and slice into 1" strips.
  4. Using a skewer or pick layer the leather between the cheese balls and push through to hold together. Continue the process until all of them are made and serve.
Recipe Notes

If using a regular oven, preheat oven to 170 degrees and let cook for 5-6 hours or until firm and cooked though.

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