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.


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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