July 13

Caprese Bites

This past weekend, I got invited to the perfect summer gathering: a casual get together that promised cold sangria, steak off the grill, and a viewing of some sort of fight between an American and an Irish person who looked slightly crazy in the eyes.

I was asked to bring an appetizer. COULD I BRING AN APPETIZER. Come now. My friend didn’t know that she had made my day by asking. You see, my little cottage is a bit too small to do much entertaining. So even though I love to cook and decorate etc, I don’t often get the chance to do it.

One of my favorite combos.

One of my favorite combos.

These caprese bites are a quick throw together. Because they are on individual toothpicks, they are a super easy party food, and clean-up is a cinch. It’s a very quick recipe – and if you have kids, assigning them to assemble the skewers is the perfect job for them!

The colors in this recipe are just gorgeous. It’s a dish that looks fancy but in reality it is peasant-level.

Party time.

Party time.

I actually had a few left over from the party, and ate them for breakfast the next morning! They keep great. What’s better on a summer night than a bite of fresh basil, mozzarella & cherry tomato?!

CAPRESE BITES

INGREDIENTS:

2 pints cherry tomatoes (I did 1 red and 1 yellow for color variety)

1 bunch fresh basil

Mozzarella balls (you could buy a chunk of mozzarella as well and slice it into chunks)

Balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Toothpicks

Tomatoes always make me feel like it's summer.

Tomatoes always make me feel like it’s summer.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put your cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Drizzle balsamic & olive oil over the top, and season with salt & pepper to taste. I eyeballed the amount of BV & olive oil, but I did several shakes.

    Coat well. If you can let it marinate in the fridge for an hour or so, even better!

    Coat well. If you can let it marinate in the fridge for an hour or so, even better!

  3. Mix well with your hands.
  4. Tear up a bunch of pieces of fresh basil.
  5. Take a toothpick and skewer a tomato, a piece of basil & a mozzarella ball. Ideally I would have liked to top it with one more piece of fresh basil, but I didn’t have room on my toothpicks. If you get smaller tomatoes, or I suppose longer toothpicks (or make these into large skewers), I recommend another hit of basil! I love basil.

    Yum.

    Yum.

  6. Enjoy!
Neat little rows make a fancy appetizer.

Neat little rows make a fancy appetizer.