Monday, July 8, 2013

Caprese Salad Bites Appetizer

I did not even have this recipe in my mind before I walked around Costco.  I first spotted a large pint of beautiful tomatoes... then I walked over to the fresh cheese section and saw the mozzarella calling me to buy it.  I came home with my new goodies and looked out at my deck to see the basil growing.  So, just like "snap, crackle and pop" this recipe was ready.  I only made a dozen for my family to enjoy... but these would make a perfect appetizer for a large party. They are so easy to make, colorful, fresh and beautiful.... just what any party needs.

variety of cherry or grape tomatoes cut into half
fresh mozzerella cheese cut into cubes
fresh basil leaves
wooden skewers

Marinade and sauce:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic smashed
1/2 tsp dried oregano
red chili flakes to taste
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt and black pepper to taste

Create marinade and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes to infuse the oil with the garlic flavor.  Cut and prepare the tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil.  Soak the mozzarella cheese in the oil for a few minutes.  Then prepare skewers by placing a half tomato, mozzarella, folded basil leave and other half of tomato.   Drizzle a little more marinade/sauce on the prepared skewers. Serve at room temperature. Enjoy.

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  1. So easy and wonderful looking appetizer..

  2. That's an easy, colorful & tasty looking appetiser.. Great flavors with that dressing for mozzarella :)

  3. Catchy and wonderful looking bites.

  4. They are gorgeous and they made my mouth water....I wonder if they'd go well with morning coffee. :)

    Next time I go shopping, will you come with me? I love the ideas you come up with.

  5. Adorable is almost too cute to eat,perfect for my summer party or pot luck :)

  6. What a perfect summer appetizer! I might have to make some of these for lunch!

  7. Fast, easy, fresh, pretty and bursting with flavors...this salad is a winner!

  8. I love everything caprese this time of year, and these little bites look luscious! Great sauce for them, too!

  9. What a colourful and cute appetiser :D


  10. What a pretty way to serve caprese salad!!! Love this! definitely keep this in my mind :)
    xox Amy

  11. Ramona these pictures are over the top fantastic! I could see these beauties on a buffet table and I can also see them being devoured quickly.

  12. What a great idea! I'm going to be using this one soon!

  13. Sometimes tomatoes just speak to you...and your tummy heehee! Ramona this is an awesome summer appetizer! Light and refreshing and of course delicious! :D



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