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Joy Bauer's Caprese Toast
Joy Bauer's Caprese Toast
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Take a trip to Italy (sans any travel) with this tower of toast tastiness. It's packed with simple yet totally customizable ingredients: whole-grain toast, layered with creamy mashed avocado, antioxidant-rich tomatoes, cheesy mozzarella and fresh, aromatic basil leaves. Bring it over the top with a drizzle of thick and tangy balsamic glaze. You can either buy balsamic glaze at the market or make your own by simmering standard balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan for 10 to 20 minutes, until it reduces and becomes rich, thick and glossy. Also, you can tailor the ingredients to your liking by adding arugula, pickled onion, pesto, roasted red pepper, eggplant, sliced figs or strawberries — the possibilities are endless. It's a toast to boast about!


    • 1/4 avocado
    • 1 slice whole-grain toast
    • 3-4 tomato slices
    • 3/4 ounce mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
    • basil leaves, torn into pieces
    • balsamic glaze
    • salt and pepper, to taste


Spread avocado on whole-grain toast and layer with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and torn basil leaves.

Drizzle on the balsamic glaze and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

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