Monday, July 8, 2013

Caprese Salad Bites Appetizer

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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.

 Ingredients:
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



 Directions:
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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14 comments:

  1. So easy and wonderful looking appetizer..

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

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  3. Catchy and wonderful looking bites.

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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  9. Tasty! Love your "snap crackle and pop" comment. LOL

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  10. What a colourful and cute appetiser :D
    Delicious!

    Cheers
    CCU

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

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  12. 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.

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

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  14. 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

    ~Jess

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