Monday, May 30, 2011

Caprese Skewer Bites

A traditional Caprese Salad features fresh tomato slices layered with fresh mozzarella slices and basil leaves.

In this fun variation, cherry or grape tomatoes, bite-size mozzarella pieces, and basil are threaded alternately on toothpicks or small skewers to create cute bite-size treats.

Quantities are not included, as it's easy to vary the amounts to make as few or as many as needed.

RECIPE:

Grape tomatoes, cut in half either crosswise or lengthwise
Fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into bite-size pieces*
Fresh basil leaves, larger leaves torn into 2 or 3 pieces
Toothpicks or short skewers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar or Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

For each piece, thread a tomato half onto a toothpick, followed by a piece of mozzarella, a piece of basil, and then another tomato half.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and arrange on a serving plate.

To serve: Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar, or serve with a bowl of Balsamic Vinaigrette for dipping.

* Note: I prefer to use the marinated small mozzarella balls ("bocconcini") that are available in specialty stores and some supermarkets. I cut them in half and use one half per skewer. If those are unavailable, cut a larger ball of fresh mozzarella into 1/2-inch pieces.

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