Friday, October 15, 2010

Caprese Salad Skewers

I wanted an appetizer with these qualifications: Light, filling, sophisticated, and portable (as in, a guest can easily pick it up and put it on her plate). I searched through all my "to make" recipes but none of them fit the bill with all the criteria. I finally settled on a caprese salad, but it bothered me that it wasn't portable. I was looking through a Martha Stewart catalog where she was showcasing easy desserts... on a stick. I quickly thought- how about caprese salad on a stick?. And this is how this appetizer was born. They were terrific, and got rave reviews. I purchased the ciliegine mozzarella at Trader Joe's for only $2.99. I loved how easy it was to put together (5 minutes!) and how elegant and colorflu they looked on the table.

Here is a good close-up of the skewers:

Caprese Salad Skewers

Ciliegine Mozzarella (little cherry tomato-size mozzarella balls)
15-20 basil leaves (if they're large leaves, cut them in half)
1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes
6-8" skewers (You want to keep these skewers short so guests can easily stick it in their mouth without poking them)
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Skewer the 1st (3) ingredients- I did it in this order: Mozzarella, Basil leaf, and Tomato. (I did this twice per skewer.)
2. Right before guests arrive, dash the appetizer with a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
3. Sprinkle some freshly cracked sea salt and black pepper.

Yield: (13) skewers

Source: The Piggly-Wiggly original (inspired by Martha Stewart)


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