Monday, October 15, 2012

Caprese Salad Skewers

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Caprese Salad is the beloved combination of tomatoes, Mozzarella and basil. Usually served by itself or on a pizza, Caprese Salads are a favorite appetizer or side dish that most people love. For a recent get-together, I made a group-friendly version by placing bite-size tomatoes and Mozzarella balls on toothpicks for an easy grab-and-go appetizer. These would be ideal for a football tailgate, a BBQ, a baby/bridal shower or a small gathering.
Each bite includes tomato and Mozzarella with basil on the side as an option. The marinade that I used was a combination of olive oil, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes (it was sold together as a package in the store), so there wasn't even too much work involved. If the Mozzarella balls come without the marinade, you can make one of your own (directions below) or simply drizzle balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper over top. Enjoy these light and healthy appetizers at your next gathering!


Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 container cherry tomatoes
  • 1 container bite-size Mozzarella balls, marinated in olive oil and spices*
  • Fresh basil, for serving
  • Toothpicks
Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Place the top half on a toothpick, followed by a Mozzarella ball, and then the bottom half of the tomato. Arrange in a circle around the edge of a plate.

Drizzle the extra olive oil mixture over top. Place a bunch of fresh basil in the center. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

*Note: If you cannot find marinated Mozzarella balls, marinate the cheese in a combination of olive oil, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning until ready to assemble the skewers. Or, in its place, simply drizzle the skewers with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Source: SK Original

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