CAPRESE SKEWERS

Have you found more often than not, the simple things are usually the best? When you experience something so full of flavor it makes your taste buds all happy?

Caprese salads have been around for a while and years ago when I had one for the first time, I wondered where these food combos had been all my life. I loved what was going on in my mouth and had to see if I could do this at home. I looked what was on my plate and could pick out the ingredients quite easily:

Tomato

Fresh Mozzarella

Basil

Balsamic Vinegar

Olive Oil

Salt

Who would have thought something so simple would taste so fresh and awesome? These days, restaurants have this item on the menu at almost every Italian restaurant. You see them sliced and layered, and quartered and tossed. What about skewered? Oh yeah….spear those little tomatoes and mozza balls!

How fun and an amazing way to present this simple dish! I had a get together last year and this was one of the dishes I made. It was so easy to prepare, which can also be done hours prior to the occasion. Dressing these skewers just before plating them is a snap!

How easy would this be to assemble, have on a platter with a loaf of crusty French bread and a glass of wine. I can see it now, sitting out on the veranda or deck with a platter of these Caprese Skewers on a warm Summer evening…..yeah, sweet.

I love this salad. When I went to Germany a couple of years ago, my cousin also fell in love with this salad. Although her version is a tad bit different in that, she uses an ingredient that we can’t get here, the closest I can get here is something along the lines of a veggie bouillon. Yeah, crazy, I know but it sure did taste good. Plus she puts A LOT of sugar on hers.

I’m more for the simple way to allow the tomato, mozzarella and basil to speak for the dish, complimented by the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The salt is what binds it all together. You’ll see how fun this presentation is at your next get together, or, relaxing evening with a glass of wine and French bread out on the deck.


CAPRESE SKEWERS
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Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 8 4" wooden skewers
  • 16 Cherry tomatoes *
  • 16 fresh mozzarella, Ciliegine (Cherry size)
  • 24 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Start one skewer with piercing a tomato almost all the way to the end.
  2. Follow with folding over one basil leaf and pushing to top the tomato.
  3. Pierce a Ciliegine mozzarella ball and follow with another basil folded leaf.
  4. Skewer another tomato and follow this with another folded basil leaf.
  5. Top it with a mozzarella ball.
  6. Start the next skewer with a mozzarella ball, basil leaf, tomato, basil leaf, mozzarella ball, basil leaf and topped with a tomato.
  7. Continue until you have 8 filled skewers each with 2 tomatoes, 2 Ciliegine mozzarella balls and 3 folded basil leaves.
  8. Place them on the platter and drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the skewers.
  9. Sprinkle sea salt and serve.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
* Any small, cherry sized tomato will work. Try the different varieties for a more colorful skewer. A serving size is 2 skewers per person.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 136 Fat: 10 Carbohydrates: 4 Sugar: 2 Protein: 7

 
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