Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mini Caprese Salad Skewers

Mini Caprese Salad Skewers

My sister hosted our annual family Christmas Eve dinner this year and the theme was Italian. While being the hostess is a lot of work (my turn is coming up in 2014, getting psyched!), everyone brings sides, desserts, and appetizers, which makes it a little bit easier. I brought a couple of appetizers (she knows I'm punctual), including this one.

So, if you are hosting a New Year's Eve soiree, or you need to bring a little dish to a party, think about making this dish.

This is a little appetizer that is so fresh, easy, elegant, and tasty. Most of the adults will love it, and the kids will usually leave it alone ("what's that green stuff?").  Even the diet conscious will try it.


Mini Caprese Salad Skewers

Ingredients

One basket of grape tomatoes
One 12 ounce package of fresh mozzarella
One large bunch of fresh basil
Fleur de sel or Kosher salt (the fleur de sel adds a nice crunch)
Freshly ground pepper (I used a mix of black, pink, green, and white, but black pepper is fine)
Finishing quality extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Cut some of the cheese into 1/2 inch squares.
  • Cut stems off some of the basil and cut the spine out of the leaves. 
  • Working one skewer at a time, cut a tomato in half, tear off and fold a piece of basil and place it against the cut side of the tomato, place a piece of cheese on top of the basil to sandwich between the cheese and the tomato. 
  • Skewer with a toothpick and set aside on a serving dish.
  • Continue until you run out of tomatoes. 
  • Lightly drizzle the skewers with olive oil, sprinkle the skewers with the salt and freshly ground pepper. 
These can be prepared a few hours in advance and refrigerated, or they can be served immediately. 

So easy. So tasty. 

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