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.
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.
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?!
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)
Salt & Pepper to taste
- Put your cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls into a large mixing bowl.
- 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.
- Mix well with your hands.
- Tear up a bunch of pieces of fresh basil.
- 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.