Recipe courtesy Marcy, Nikiko and David Masumoto, "The Perfect Peach"

CAPRESE WITH PEACHES

Serves 4 as an appetizer

8-ounce ball of fresh mozzarella

1 medium-large or 2 small peaches with give

8 fresh basil leaves

Extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt, pepper

Cut mozzarella into 8 slices, each about 1/4-inch thick. Peel, halve and pit the peach(es); cut into 1/4-inch thick slices. On a serving plate, arrange the cheese, basil and peaches, alternating colors. Drizzle with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Variations: Add slices of vine-ripened tomatoes and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, as well as oil. For sandwiches, layer mozzarella, peaches, basil and prosciutto on sliced ciabatta.

(Recipe courtesy Marcy, Nikiko and David Masumoto, "The Perfect Peach, Ten Speed Press, $22)




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