When it comes to party appetizers, I like to make the appetizers match the occasion. I love themes and putting everything together. Thanksgiving parties will have turkey shaped foods, Christmas will have tree shapes, and so on. These Caprese Skewers will be on the Christmas appetizer list for me, since they are red, green and white. As much as I love a good theme, having a few basic appetizer ideas and recipes on hand is important as well. Whether it is for a sudden get together, or as a compliment food to the “big ones”, these Caprese Skewers do the job perfectly.
I make these all the time, whether there is a party or not. I make a plate to munch on while making dinner, or whenever my best friend and I are just sitting around the house gossiping. They are quick to make, and are gone just as fast. I make them most during the summer months when tomatoes and basil are growing fresh around the house. The ones I make for just because are not skewered; I just pile the tomato slices, cheese and basil on top of each other, drizzle the balsamic and oil then devour them.
Depending on the presentation, I sometimes have the mozzarella cheese on the “bottom” and push it down to be at the very end of the toothpick with the flat end facing down so the Caprese Skewers can sit upright. Most of the time, however, I just have the mozzarella cheese pushed in from the edge, and leave the Caprese Skewers laying on their sides!
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- cherry or grape tomatoes
- small mozarella cheese ball
- fresh basil leaves
- poke a toothpick through the center of a cherry/grape tomato.
- next slide the basil leaf (folded in half if large) onto the toothpick next to the cherry/grape tomato.
- cut up mozzarella into one inch squares. slide a small piece of mozzarella on the same toothpick next to the basil leaf.
- lay all the skewers on a plate laying on their sides, and drizzle with balsamic and oil.