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Settlement (of Catan) Salad

Settlers of the Noms Salad

I know, my minions. You’re hurting for more geeky recipes. As much as I occasionally enjoy your pain (keep those YouTube videos coming), today I hear your pleas and release unto you what is, quite frankly, one of the least inspiring recipes in the upcoming book Wood for Sheep: The Unauthorized Settlers Cookbook. If you like this one, I promise there are more than 99 significantly better ones you can enjoy in just a few weeks. It does make a pretty picture, though.

Settlement Mozzarella Salad

6 fresh mozzarella balls (sheep)
2 Roma tomatoes (bricks)
6 fresh basil leaves (wood)
6 tsp toasted breadcrumbs (grain)

Welcome to my settlement! Before we discuss what you’d like for your ore, please enjoy this lovely appetizer made from sheep, bricks, wood, and grain. I hope this goodwill gesture encourages you to visit my ports early and often. Confidentially, Yellow will poison your sheep and piss in your grain. You’re so much better off trading with a reputable dealer like myself.

I love these super simple two bite settlement appetizers. Unlike some of the more complicated recipes, the colors and texture make this an instantly recognizable homage to the game.

If you can get ahold of a good sheep’s milk mozzarella, this is the place to use it. Those cheeses can be prohibitively expensive and, depending on where you live, pretty hard to find, so don’t worry about substituting in either buffalo or cow mozzarella.

Preheat your oven to 425F. Spread a thin layer of breadcrumbs on a cookie sheet. Toast them for 3-5 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. You can always skip this step, but toasting brings out a lot of flavor. You’ve probably noticed this phenomenon first thing in the morning, when you decided against shoving a plain slice of buttered bread into your mouth without first subjecting it to a heated transformation.

Once your breadcrumbs are nice and toasted, fetch either a small hex shaped cookie cutter or a knife and all your patience. Either way, cut the mozzarella balls into 2 inch thick wedges and then cut those wedges into hexes.

Slice your roma tomatoes into ½ inch rounds.

Assemble the appetizers by folding a fresh basil leaf in half, topping that with a tomato round, and stacking your cheese hex above it. Finish each one off with a light dusting of toasted breadcrumbs.
You can find recipes for all of the hextastic goodness in Wood for Sheep: The Unauthorized Settlers Cookbook.

If this isn’t enough Catan-tastic edible awesomeness for you, check out these book preview posts:
Settlers of Catan Breakfast Bar
Settlers of the Mediterranean (Map)
Settlers of the Quick Breads
Welcome to South Catan Y’all
Settlers of the Cold Salad
All-American Meatloaf Map
Personalized Settlers Nacho Bar
Settlers of Catan City Pot Pies