Sunday, March 7, 2010

Caprese Salad Appetizers

This little appetizer is great for parties of any size!

The below ingredients make 10 skewers. If you have other hors d'oeuvres then 2 per person should do just fine!

You need:

Bamboo Skewers
8 ounces of fresh mozzarella (ciliegine size... that means the little round balls)
10 ounces of grape or cherry tomatoes
8 large basil leaves, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil

Cut each little mozzarella ball in half. Put a tomato, then a piece of cheese, then a tomato, piece of cheese... etc etc etc. There will be 5 tomatoes and 4 pieces of cheese per skewer.

Once you have done this with all 10 skewers, lay them on a plate, sprinkle basil over all and drizzle with the olive oil. Refrigerate until 1/2 hour before serving. Letting them warm up to room temperature a bit allows the flavors to really come out!

Now a little silly fact: like many Italian dishes this one is made in the colors of the Italian flag. Talk about pride in your country!

Mangiare e possono avere cento anni!!!