Caprese Bites

By • August 12, 2011 • 21 Comments

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Author Notes: Caprese salads and skewers are one of those great antipasti dishes you just love. The tomatoes and basil are just waiting for that mozzarella to come and make a party! Every time there is a foodpickle posting asking what appetizer to please a large crowd, a veggie crowd, a recipe to beat the heat or easily transported...this is the recipe Boulangere or I always post. Can't wait to see what she posts, but here is mine...lorigoldsby

Serves a crowd

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 pound mini mozzarella balls
  • 1/4 cup good quality, fruity olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons good quality aged balsamic vinegar (the thicker, the better)
  • kosher salt & coarse cracked pepper
  • 48 wooden skewers or toothpicks
  1. Mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar and marinate mozzarella by breaking mini balls into individual pieces. refrigerate 30 min to overnight.
  2. Wash basil leaves and spin dry in salad spinner. Slice cherry tomato into quarters. Add mozzarella ball and wrap the basil leave around both. Use skewer to secure leaf.
  3. These can be stored in refrigerator a day ahead. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.
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Tags: Easy party food, Travels well and serves a crowd. Easy to make. Cool and Refreshing. Flavorful.

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about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Absolutely lovely, Lori. This is my favorite food to eat in the summer, too. I love that you serve the Caprese salad bite-sized. Aren't skewers great?

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Yes, remember the scene from "Mermaids" where Cher serves all her food on toothpicks?LOL! I do like to use the more substantial mini skewers here.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

What a perfect bite!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Thanks Sagegreen! They have a great "mouthfeel" and I think they are a "boldface" flavor combo if you check "The Flavor Bible"!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

Oh these are soooooo cute (and look sooooooo tasty)!!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Thanks wssmom! as Amanda and Merrill keep reminding us, we eat with our eyes first. I made these for a bookclub meeting, so i didn't need a whole bunch of them, just a couple for each person. (of course I ate the ones that weren't "perfect" before anybody arrived--just to hide the evidence!)

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Beautiful interpretation!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

thanks B! I always think of you when I make these because you're always reccommending a caprese side dish/appetizer on foodpickle!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

One of those "mother" hors d'oeuvres.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

My absolute favorite way of eating tomato is a la caprese. These little bites are perfect.

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

"A la caprese..." love this!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Love these little appetizers!!!!

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about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Thanks! they are a crowd pleaser...perfect size and pack a punch of flavor!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Love your take on one of my favorite appetizers!!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

thanks pat! i think they'd be great sharing a platter with your proscuitto & pepper stuffed endives!

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh yes!!!

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about 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

I agree with EmilyC. I make something like this and add pancetta slices on the skewers, and offer a homemade baslsamic dressing on the side for the dipper fols. Great picture!

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about 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

I meant to say proscuitto not pancetta.

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

yes, proscuitto would be a nice add-on for the carnivores in the group!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

You really can't get much better than this flavor combination. I like that you quarter and skewer the tomatoes -- I've never seen this particular presentation. Nice!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Its nice to quarter them, because it keeps your guests from "squirting" themselves as they take a bite!