Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mini Caprese Bites

This is a take on a Caprese salad.  It is a one bite hors d’oeuvres that is great for a summer BBQ appetizer or even nice for a cocktail party.  They are easy to make (just time consuming) and this recipe makes about 50 “bites”.

  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes
  • 20 basil leaves, torn into small bite size pieces
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ C. of balsamic vinaigrette
  • ½ T. Sea salt
  1. Make the balsamic vinaigrette and marinate the cheese cubes in the vinaigrette for several hours, if possible.
  2. Cut each grape tomato in half.
  3. Using toothpicks, place a tomato, a cube of mozzarella, then a piece of basil.
  4. Sprinkle sea salt over all and drizzle with the leftover vinaigrette.
Tips and Tricks:

  • DO NOT refrigerate the grape tomatoes.  They taste best at room temperature.
  • I can’t leave anything alone, so I changed this recipe.  I made this with mini pepperonis for added flavor (everyone liked it).
  • I made my own balsamic vinaigrette, but you can use bottled vinaigrette when you are crunched for time.

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