Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Caprese salad skewers

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Caprese salad skewers - who doesn't love salad on a stick?

When it's party time, I look for easy appetizer recipes I can throw together quickly. I make the easy snacks ahead of time and set them out on a platter so they're ready when guests arrive. Then, while they nibble and sip in the dining room, I can stand in the kitchen and throw myself into the more complicated stuff.

Inspired by On a Stick! 80 Party-Perfect Recipes by the legendary Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites, I broke out some bamboo skewers for a recent Sunday dinner and pierced my way to hand-held Caprese salad. Firm grape tomatoes, fragrant basil and creamy fresh mozzarella - that's all it takes, along with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. But don't feel like you have to stop there. Olives, marinated artichoke hearts, a strip of roasted red pepper, grilled zucchini...every vegetable gets better when it's threaded onto a stick.

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Caprese salad skewers
Use firm, ripe cherry tomatoes and good-quality fresh mozzarella for these Caprese salad skewers. Perfect for a summer cocktail party.
  • 24 grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 24 medium-sized basil leaves
  • approximately 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, drained, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 24 short bamboo skewers or long toothpicks
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt (for a variation, try smoked salt)
  • freshly ground pepper
Thread 1 tomato, 1 basil leaf and 1 cube of mozzarella onto each skewer. Lay the skewers on a serving platter. Drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 24 skewers


matt said...

On Monday I bookmarked your recipe for the sesame tofu sticks because I wanted to make them, and then I see this today! Thank you thank you! You made my day, Erika!

Betsy said...

I make these often! Sometimes I throw a cheese tortellini on each stick to jazz it up a bit

Erika Kerekes said...

@Matt - I wonder if you could put those sesame tofu sticks on a stick? (Of course you can.)

@Betsy - interesting idea. Pasta on a stick!

Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

I love this idea for a great and easy appetizer.

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