Monday, November 8, 2010

It’s caprese, capiche?….

Last night I made lasagna for dinner. The Skater and his new girlfriend came over and I heard it is one of her favorites. Since I want her to like me and all, I thought this would make me a shoe-in for her affections. I was right! She is as refreshing as a tall glass of water, and I will tell you all about her, on another day.

For today, I’m going to share with you this ridiculously easy appetizer. It is the perfect complement for an Italian dinner. They are called Mini Caprese Bites and they look like this:

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I love finger food and I love caprese salad, so this is a win-win recipe for me.
Let’s gather our ingredients!

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  Mozzarella pearls
  fresh basil
  grape tomatoes
  olive oil
  balsamic vinegar
  kosher salt and fresh pepper

 

 

 

You will need some little 4 inch skewers that you can buy at the fancy food stores. Or you can use frilled sandwich picks that you can get anywhere. I go for the cheap and cheerful every time.

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Slice the little tomatoes in half and thread onto the toothpick, placing a cheese pearl in the middle. If you cannot find the fresh mozzarella pearls, you can use larger balls and cut into thirds. The fresh mozzarella tastes best for this dish.

Once you have made as many as you want (I made as many as I had tomatoes) place them in a shallow serving dish. Whisk together together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Drizzle over over the skewers. Thinly slice about 6 basil leaves and sprinkle over the top. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Ta-da! All done!

 

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Honestly, it does not get any easier than this!

Mini Caprese Bites

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
8 oz. container fresh mozzarella pearls or larger cheese balls, cut into thirds
32 frilled toothpicks (or 4” skewers)
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
6 thinly sliced basil leaves

1. Thread one tomato half, then cheese and another tomatoes half onto each skewer. Place skewers in a shallow serving dish

2. Whisk together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Drizzle oil mixture over skewers; sprinkle with basil and additional salt and pepper, to taste.

12 comments:

  1. Looks delicious. I love caprese salads.

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  2. LOVE IT! I have only recently been trying caprese salads and sandwiches. This sounds fun too.

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  3. Yum... I think. I'll have to come up with an alternative, since I don't really like tomatoes... and am not a big fan of mozzarella. I'm guessing the dressing by itself leaves a little to be desired.

    Don't you love picky eaters that don't appreciate your good taste and creativity?!?!

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  4. Oh, My, Gosh!! I would tottaly love these! YUM!! And the new girlfriend should tottaly LOVE you!! Why wouldn't she?? You ROCK!!!

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  5. yum! I love when you post easy recipes that I can borrow.

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  6. Ugh, these look so yummy! I'm starving.

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  7. Lovely, EASY dish - my favorite kind! I love the presentation too. I'm sure new girlfriend was suitably impressed.

    I wish the basil in my stores came in a handy little container like the one in your picture.

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  8. I'm going to make some caprese bites this weekend. I so love Caprese. I hope the deliciousness did the trick!

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  9. Insalata caprese is sometimes called insalata tricolore for the three colors of the Italian flag. Some people use red bell peppers instead of tomatoes. I would use the roasted peppers from Costco. I don't know any Italians that would substitute the mozzarella though. Since Sharron isn't Italian, she could try a soft Mexican white cheese and call it Austin caprese...

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  10. These look yummy! And they look kind of *whispers so as to not wake CGMan* Christmas-y!

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  11. I've done a twist on this with cantaloupe, mozzarella and proscuitto! Yummy!

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