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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