So, we’ve established that I like Caprese. Whether served in a glass, sandwich, pasta, pizza, or salsa, the combination of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella is the flavor trifecta as far as I’m concerned. Why not serve it on a stick? How American!
I think I’ve made these for just about every large party we’ve thrown in the past 4 years. The freshness of the tomatoes and basil makes them an obvious Summer hors d’oeurve but the red and green option makes them just as perfect a fit for the holidays.
Regular skewers are a bit too big so I have a giant batch of these fancy 6″ bamboo skewers I bought on Amazon (pictured). I also bought a bunch of toothpicks in the same design so cocktails match the snacks. A totally critical part of any party, right? Longer toothpicks would work great or, if you’re really patient, trimmed fresh rosemary branches would be totally sweet.
I used to serve these with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar but lately have been using Trader Joe’s reduced balsamic glaze. You can make your own by combining 1/4 c balsamic vinegar and 1/4 c apple juice in a small saucepan and reducing by half. A girlfriend of ours who’s a personal chef brought these to a picnic last Summer topped with slivered garlic toasted in olive oil. Also delicious.
No matter how you serve them they’re fun party food that’s super easy to prepare and fits within most guests’ dietary restrictions. I also love that they can be made a few hours ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
- 12 basil leaves, torn in half
- 12 Ciliegine mozzarella balls (or 4 ounces mozzarella cut into 12 cubes)
- 12 red grape tomatoes
- 12 yellow grape tomatoes
- 12 small skewers or long toothpicks
Skewer in order: Red tomato, half a basil leaf, mozzarella, half a basil leaf, yellow tomato. Or skewer in a different order; I don't judge.
Calories 30 / Total Fat 1.7g / Saturated Fat 1.0g / Trans Fat 0.0g / Cholesterol 5mg / Sodium 58mg / Potassium 10mg / Total Carbohydrates 0.9g / Protein 2.9g
Weight Watchers Points: 1 / PointsPlus: 1