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Aunt Mary’s Antipasto Salad

1 cup packed fresh basil leaves

1 garlic clove

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 pound thinly sliced prosciutto

2 (8 ounce) balls fresh water-packed mozzarella cheese, drained, thinly sliced into rounds

4 large tomatoes, thinly sliced

6 hard-boiled eggs, shelled, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

1/4 cup Kalamata olives or other brine-cured black olives, pitted, coarsely chopped

You will need to Char peppers directly over gas flame or under broiler until blackened on all sides. Enclose in paper bag; let stand 10 minutes. Peel, seed, and slice peppers thinly. Next Combine basil leaves, garlic, and salt in processor and blend to coarse puree. With machine running, gradually blend in oil. Transfer basil oil to small bowl

Now arrange prosciutto around edge of platter. Arrange cheese slices within circle of prosciutto and tomatoes within circle of cheese. Tuck in egg slices; top with pepper strips. Sprinkle salad with olives; drizzle with some basil oil. Serve with remaining basil oil.

Sent by Linda B

This recipe is my aunt Mary’s Antipasto Salad. She lives in Rochester New York.