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.
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
Thread 1 tomato half, 1 piece of cheese, and another tomato half onto each skewer. Place skewers in a shallow serving dish.
Whisk together oil and next 3 ingredients. Drizzle oil mixture over skewers; sprinkle with basil and salt and pepper to taste.
*1 (8-oz.) package fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, may be substituted.
**Wooden picks may be substituted.
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.
No doubt that these are super cute, but I doubted that the flavor would
be too special... afterall, they are just tomato and cheese with a
little dressing. But I was pleasantly surprised what a delightful
caprese flavor I got in a single bite! I'd love to try these with
heirloom cherry tomatoes. Instead of making the dressing, I just used
Newman's Own Lite Balsamic dressing.
These are really tasty and super easy. Great summer time app. I chopped some of the basil finer and mixed it into the dressing and let the tomato/cheese skewers soak in the dressing for a couple hours. Added more basil strips at the end. Also I did not cut the mozzerella balls in 3rds. I used whole ones that were really small.
Always a hit! A few changes I make--I actually thread the strips of basil onto the skewers (so I don't cut them quite as thinly as the picture, but the result still looks identical to the picture). This makes them easier to eat. Also, I don't pour the vinegar over the skewers. I like to serve with a trio of three different vinegars. This way, guests can dip into the vinegar of their choice.