A delightful alternative to the classic caprese salad, these skewers are bite-sized pieces of heaven. The recipe couldn't be easier, and the simplicity highlights the pure flavor of ripe tomatoes and fresh cheese. To make these easy appetizers, I tossed pieces of bocconcini, or mozzarella balls, with homemade pesto. The next time I make them, I want to use longer, fancy toothpicks. To get the recipe to this delicious dish,

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Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers

Ingredients

  1. For pesto:
  2. 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves removed from stems
  3. 2 garlic cloves
  4. 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  5. 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  6. 3/4-1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  7. salt and pepper, to taste
  8. For skewers
  9. 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes
  10. 1 pint fresh mozzarella, chopped into small 1-inch cubes
  11. Toothpicks, for serving

Directions

  1. Make the pesto: Combine the first four ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process to combine. With the machine running, slowly add the oil in a steady stream.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Taste, adjust the pesto to your liking.
  3. In a large bowl toss 1/2 cup of the pesto with the cheese.
  4. Depending on the size of your toothpicks, skewer one cherry tomato and one piece of pesto-coated cheese. Repeat until all of the tomatoes and cheese is used. Chill or serve immediately.

Serves 10.

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