While I was writing the recipe for the bruschetta I got kind of tomato basil happy, and was thinking "Insalata Caprese is a fabulous appetizer too and even easier to make". So if you've got extra tomatoes or want an alternative here's another recipe to serve at your New Year's party (or any party this coming year).
I'm not even going to write it down in recipe form because it is that easy. All you need are vine ripened tomatoes (they really are the best tasting), some buffalo mozzarella (or fresh soft mozzarella, usually in the deli section), basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper (both optional).
*Slice your tomatoes in 1/4 circles and lay them out flat on a large platter.
*Slice your mozzarella in 1/4 inch circles too, and lay one slice on top of each tomato slice.
*Garnish each with a basil leaf or two.
*Drizzle a little olive oil over each tomato/mozzarella slice.
*If desired season with salt and pepper.
And you're done!
FYI (for your Italian) - Caprese is pronounced "ka-pray-zay" and not "ka-preez-ee". have fun!
(photo courtesy of Kent Wang)