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Mini Caprese Bites

Mini Caprese Bites
Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep time 20 mins
Yield

Makes 8 appetizer servings

Serve these mini tomato and mozzarella skewers in individual glasses as an appetizer at a seated dinner party, or arrange on a platter for your buffet. Fresh mozzarella bites, tomatoes, basil, and balsomic join forces for a summery, adorable appetizers that will have your guests swooning. Kids love the presentation, and the skewers allow for easy, mess-free eating. Caprese is always a party showstopper, and these cute mini-skewer ideas are no exception.

Ingredients

  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 10 to 14 fresh small mozzarella cheese balls, cut into thirds*
  • 32 (4-inch) wooden skewers**
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Thread 1 tomato half, 1 piece of cheese, and another tomato half onto each skewer. Place skewers in a shallow serving dish.

  2. Whisk together oil and next 3 ingredients. Drizzle oil mixture over skewers; sprinkle with basil and salt and pepper to taste.

  3. *1 (8-oz.) package fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, may be substituted.

  4. **Wooden picks may be substituted.

Cook's Notes

Grape tomatoes vary in size from week to week at the grocery store; some pints we found had only 24 while others had more than 40. Good news, you should still have enough mozzarella balls because they are generally sold in 8-oz. containers that have more than enough.