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Blistering tomatoes over a fiery grill reveals their incredibly candy-like sweetness, which makes a good foil for the creamy cheese. 

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 15 minutes
  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced preserved lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 250 g fresh mozzarella cheese , torn in pieces
  • 4 cups mini heirloom tomatoes (about 60)
  • 8 shishito peppers , stems removed and halved crosswise
  • 1 baguette , halved lengthwise and toasted or grilled
  • 1/3 cup torn basil leaves

Method

Mince 1 of the garlic cloves. In bowl, stir together 2 tbsp of the oil, the preserved lemon zest, minced garlic, salt (if using) and pepper. Add mozzarella, tossing to coat. Set aside. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours; let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before using.)

In separate bowl, toss together tomatoes, shishito peppers and remaining oil. Heat large cast-iron skillet on grill over medium-high heat until smoking. Cook tomatoes and shishito peppers, stirring occasionally, until blistered, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Halve remaining garlic clove; rub cut edges over toasted sides of baguette. Top with mozzarella, tomatoes, shishito peppers and basil. Cut into 8 pieces. 

Tip from The Test Kitchen: If you can't find preserved lemon, substitute with a teaspoon of grated lemon zest.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 443 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 11 g
  • Calories 292
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Potassium 296 mg
  • Cholesterol 22 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 32 g

%RDI

  • Iron 15
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 33
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 20
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 13
  • Vitamin C 27
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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