It’s less a snack, and more . . . a means of survival.
I MEAN, it’s brutally hot out there. Highs in the upper 90s with a heat index of STOP IT.
And you’re probably like, “No way am I turning on the oven, girlfriend.” I know. I’ve got you covered.
But let’s talk about this snack o’ magic!
Crazy simple. You’re using fridge staples + garden loot. The end.
Tortillas keep it thin crust and BEYOND easy to whip together for mid-afternoon antsy, starving, heat-slain children home from school and all up in your face.
But I’ve got a trick!
Full of ’em today.
Hello, mayo + Italian seasoning. That’s basically your sauce. It’s a light coating, so don’t freak your pants over this. Besides, mayo + tomato = summer, so you have to. It’s a life rule.
Very light brushing of mayo, then a good sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Seriously, that underneath baked tomato slices will create a perfect, classic summer explosion in your mouth.
Another trick, because I know you’re already like, “Uhhh how are those tomatoes not dripping all over everything?” You’ll thinly slice a beefsteak tomato (or any kind!), then place them on paper towels. Give ’em a good pat, then transfer to the tortilla. Done.
Give them a coarse salt sprinkle, extra done.
Then sprinkle on a bunk ton of shredded mozzarella (from a block that you’ve shredded. or pre-shredded! whatever, man – make your life good) – super extra done.
So, this is the thing.
Fresh basil + freshly grated parmesan on top will take to it that ultimate caprese level. Which is exactly what you want.
Drizzle it with extra-virgin olive oil and give it a good grind of pepper to elevate it even MORE.
But here’s the kicker: and there are two kickers: maybe three:
If you don’t want to turn on the oven, great! TOAST THESE IN A TOASTER OVEN.
Because not only is it faster, it will crisp up the tortilla in a way that having them on baking sheets just can’t deliver. I’ve made these a few times, some in the toaster oven, and some on a baking sheet (when baking multiple.) Next time I bake multiple, I’ll just carefully place them on the oven racks. So that the heat crisps the tortilla. Like a toaster oven would do. Just on the grates. The racks. Whatever.
If you want softer tortillas, then bake away on baking sheets! And don’t stress about the grates. The racks. Whatever.
Wait, did you leave?
These are straight fab. Exactly what you want. So much summer fresh flavor, with baaaarely any effort.
BECAUSE IT IS 208 DEGREES OUTSIDE and our bodies need the comfort in these dark times. Matter of fact, I think this gives us full license to traipse around in a red bathing suit like Gillian Jacobs in the first season of LOVE.
Just do it.
Maybe invite me over?