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A Perfect Summer Bite: Caprese Skewers

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

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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Darc66 Darc66 6 years
GAH!!! i was going to make these for my brothers Ex-fiances' bridal shower!!! you stole my idea!!!!!!! My mother-in-law works at the Ritz Carlton and got me these really cool skewers - they were a sort of dropper filled with olive oil, so when you bit the skewer of tomato, mozz and basil, you got a squirt of olive oil too! Too bad the wedding got called off! Instead i made a " Caprese Tart out of puff pastry, pesto, sliced tomato and fresh mozz and basil chiffonade. TOTAL HIT!!!!! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.156826601017991.33727.100000719562368#!/photo.php?fbid=236933043007346&set=a.156826601017991.33727.100000719562368&type=1&theater
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
looks soooo good!
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 8 years
mmmmm....i'm going to save this recipe...i still need a food processor! hopefully i'll get one for christmas....:)
lynnypoo lynnypoo 8 years
the buffalo mozzarella looks goooooood..
laurel9894 laurel9894 8 years
how cute and delish!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that is DEFINITELY up my alley! i love caprese salads and by changing the form of it - that's one of the smartest ideas ever. besides - having a nice warm tomato - mmmmm that's just making my stomach growl more and it's only 9.20am!
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