Friday, April 13, 2012

Mini Caprese Bites

Caprese is a simple Italian salad or antipasti (starter) that originated in Capri. It consists of fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, salt and olive oil.
I took a different spin on traditional way of serving Caprese by turning it into little, single serving bites and drizzling with a little balsamic vinegar. The combination of the juicy sweetness from the tomatoes, the smooth mild flavor from the mozzarella, the fresh flavor and crunch from the basil and the tanginess from the balsamic vinegar is sure to please any palate.  Not to mention they look pretty!


1 package of grape tomatoes
1 container of bite size fresh mozzarella balls (appx 25 count)
1 bunch of fresh basil, if you buy it packaged it will be appx (.66 oz.)
Olive oil to drizzle
Balsamic Vinegar to drizzle
25 toothpicks


Rinse and cut all of the grape tomatoes in half, drain the mozzarella bites from the container, rinse the basil and rip up the larger leaves into smaller pieces making sure you have about 25 pieces total (one for each bite)
Take one toothpick, skewer one of the tomato halves, then a basil leaf, one mozzarella ball and cap it with the other half of the tomato (see picture below) repeat until all bites are assembled
Arrange all of the Caprese bites on a platter, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve
Right before serving, drizzle each bite with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and finish with a sprinkle of salt.

Appx 25 bites

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