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Baked Caprese Garlic Bread

*makes two loaves when cut in half

1 large French bread loaf

2 large tomatoes

16 oz. buffalo mozzarella cheese

1 c. balsamic vinegar

1 stick of butter, melted

4 cloves of garlic, minced

fresh basil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut the French bread loaf into half, horizontally.  Place both halves onto a large baking sheet.  In a small saucepan pour in balsamic vinegar and turn onto medium heat.  Let this mixture come to a slow boil and let cook until it reduces by 3/4's and becomes thick and syrupy.  Set aside.


Meanwhile combine the melted butter and minced garlic.  With a pastry brush, generously spread melted butter mixture on all areas of the bread.  Place slices of buffalo mozzarella onto of the bread, followed by the sliced tomatoes.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Turn the oven to broil and cook for just a minute or two, until bubbly and starting to brown.  Don't walk away!  It will melt quickly.


Remove from the oven, drizzle with the reduced balsamic and sprinkle with freshly chopped basil.  Serve warm.


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