Saturday, July 6, 2013

Caprese Skewers

Super easy and really pretty little appetizers - great for picnics and BBQs perfect for summer.

Caprese Skewers
  • Fresh Mozzarella balls (tiny ones called Ciliegine are best, but you can cut cubes as well)
  • Basil Leaves
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved if large

Marinade for Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil for every cup or so of cheese
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 TBS chopped oregano, fresh is great dried works too
  • salt
  • pepper

Combine all marinade ingredients and toss in cheese, gently, to coat. Let sit for at least 20 mins and up to 8 hours. I usually let the amount of cheese dictate how many cherry tomatoes to use.

Thread one ball cheese, one leaf basil folded like an S and one cherry tomato on each toothpick or cocktail skewer. Arrange on platter. Garnish with additional whole basil leaves if desired. Serve at room temperature.

NOTE: Fresh mozzarella comes in different sizes:

Ciliegine  cherry size, about 0.3 oz of cheese
Bocconcini  (bite sized) are larger about 1.5 oz per ball
Ovolini (egg sized) about 4 oz each

I love the ciliegine for this recipe, but they can be pricy and/or hard to find. You can always use any fresh mozzarella and cut it - or even use the packaged type of block mozzarella.

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