YIELD 6 servings
1 pint ripe grape tomatoes
1/4 cup fruity extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 (4-ounce) fresh mozzarella ball, cut into bite-size pieces
2 sprigs (about 1/2 ounce) fresh basil, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1. In a small mixing bowl, toss grape tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar.
2. Layer tomato mixture, bell peppers, mozzarella, basil and garlic into 4 (1-cup) glass canning jars. Sprinkle balsamic vinegar over layers. Pour olive oil into jars to cover tomatoes.
3. Let stand at least 30 minutes so flavors will intensify. Serve or refrigerate up to 1 week. Makes 2 pints.
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