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Tomato boats



  Simple, tasty appetizer or side: half-ripened tomatoes, tuna, mayo, topped with anchovy and capers.   A photo posted by Villa Cappelli (@villacappelli) on

Take a firm plum tomato (firm is key, can’t be too ripe and mushy), and cut it in half length wise. Scoop out the seeds and membrane so you are left with a boat. Combine some good quality tuna with some homemade mayo (recipe below) and dash of pepper and then add your tuna to your tomato boats. Top with a sliver of anchovy and a couple of capers.


Villa Cappelli Mayo   
Take 3 eggs, 1/4 cup (60 ml) of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of salt and place in a blender, hopefully a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. Blend for about 10 seconds until the mixture is nice and combined, increasing the speed slowly. Then SLOWLY pour in 1.5 cups of Villa Cappelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the blender is running. Watch the mixture and when it starts to thicken, stop. In the Vitamix this shouldn’t take much longer than 30 seconds max. Refrigerate and use within 2-3 weeks.

  Villa Cappelli Caprese Salad

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Take a ball of fresh mozzarella into ¼ inch slices. Place your ovals of mozzarella on plate. Tear up some fresh basil and place on each slice of mozzarella. Slice up your tomatoes and place them on top of each slick of mozzarella and basil. Season your tomatoes with a little salt, then top each slice with a nice pour of Villa Cappelli extra virgin olive oil.


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