Friday, December 16, 2011

Caprese Bites

This is a quick and tasty appetizer that's full of flavor and healthy too!
These caprese bites come together in a snap. Tomato halves, mozzarella balls and basil are threaded on a toothpick and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. The best part is, these can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. The longer they sit, the more the mozzarella soaks up the yummy balsamic flavor.
I served mine on my Himalayan salt block that I chilled in the freezer first. It made for a nice presentation.

Caprese Bites


1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
10 to 14 fresh small mozzarella cheese balls, cut into thirds*
32 (4-inch) wooden skewers**
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Thread 1 tomato half, 1 piece of cheese, and another tomato half onto each skewer. Place skewers in a shallow serving dish.
Whisk together oil and next 3 ingredients. Drizzle oil mixture over skewers; sprinkle with basil and salt and pepper to taste.

* 1 (8-oz.) package fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, may be substituted.
**Wooden picks may be substituted

*** I threaded one half of a basil leave on each skewer instead of sprinkling chopped basil on top. I also used mini mozzarella balls and cut them in half instead of thirds.

1 comment:

Shauna said...

Great idea to use toothpicks rather than a big ole skewer. Halfing the tomatoes and moz balls was perfect. I used marinated moz balls and mixed in the balsamic & pepper with the left over marinade and drizzled over caprese bites. Then sprinkled kosher salt over. They were a hit!


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